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George Daggett of Bolton lost a pig Jan. 27, 1913. The animal was taken sick and died in less than an hour. Peter Baker of South Horicon also lost a fine pig, a serious loss to his family.

Married and settled down

Robert C. Wood, a former Warrensburgh boy better known as Cassius, has completed two terms of service in the U.S. Army, seven years altogether, and received an honorable discharge at Fort Sheridan, Ill., near Chicago. Cass married during his last enlistment and is now working as a railroad fireman in Chicago.

Mild winter continues

Navigation records enduring for 80 years have been broken on the Hudson River. Trips of the river boats from Albany to New York marked the 288th day of the season that navigation was possible and broke the record of 30 years. The trip later taken on Jan. 13, 1913 shattered the 80-year record and the boats are still running. Last year the closing date was Jan. 3, 1912. (Note; Local people, feeling leery, were hoping that when the snow would eventually come, it would not all come all at once in a blizzard as it did on Feb. 20, 1908 when 12 inches of snow fell accompanied by damaging high winds.)

Never in the memory of our oldest residents, nor has records been found, to show that Lake George ever remained open for the entire month of January and now into February before this current year. (Note: in 2012, the lake didn’t freeze over for the entire winter, which was the first time in recent history for such an occurrence.)

Walter E. Harris of Lake George, accompanied by his dog, “Duffy,” made a remarkable trip the length of Lake George to Baldwin in his Naptha motorboat, Jan. 26, 1913 and after a cigar and chat with George Loomis, made the return home.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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