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Fort William Henry Hotel

Under the new management of Albert Thieriot, the Fort William Henry Hotel, owned by the Delaware and Hudson railroad company, is assured of the brightest possible future. Mr. Thieriot was for many years in charge of Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City and he is considered to be the top man in his profession as he is skilled in providing for the wants of the fastidious public.

(Note: Albert Thieriot lived in Chestertown, in a house still standing on what is today Thieriot Avenue, with his wife, Phebe Watson, a native of Warrensburgh. Her father, Godfrey T. Watson, owned a grocery store in the building that now houses the Alexander-Baker funeral home. A well-loved man of indomitable energy, Thieriot served for many years as executor and trustee of the Rosa Delmonico estate. He died of the after-effects of pneumonia in 1915 at home in Chestertown.)

No ice fishing on Lake George

Fishing through the ice on Lake George, known as “Old Horicon” by locals, is a thing of the past under the state’s new uniform fish and game law. The law prohibits fishing through the ice for brook, rainbow, red, spotted and brown trout which were planted there years ago by the former culturist A.N. Cheney where they are continuing to thrive.

Heretofore an exception has been made in favor of those who wanted to fish for perch, of which the lake once boasted some of the finest in the country and hundreds of pounds were taken out each winter and they always found a ready market. Complaint was made by the cottagers that this form of winter fishing so cleaned up the lake that it was impossible to get a mess of yellow perch during several seasons past, although they were formerly one of the most plentiful of summer fishes. (Note: Because he was besieged with complaints about this new law from area residents, state Sen. James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh used his considerable influence in Albany to pressure the state conservation officer to rescind this new law for the winter of 1913, both in Lake George and Schroon Lake and to not allow Game Protector Burnett to prosecute or “molest” and person who indulged in this sort of fishing.)

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

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