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100 Years Ago - March 1913

Red-headed girl disappears

Bertha, 16 years old, red-headed and vivacious, employed as a waitress at the Bolton House, suddenly left town one recent night without troubling herself to explain to her employer, landlord William O. Terry, the why and wherefore of her departure. At the same time Edward, a boarder at the hotel, who although a married man had been attentive to the girl, turned up missing. People wise to the circumstances have concluded that the pair packed their duds in one suitcase and took their departure together.

Eddie is one of the few ne’er-do-wells of the town. He has been a bad boy ever since he learned to be one and has became adept at the art, such as it may be called. He has been mixed up in numerous scrapes and has served one term in the Albany Penitentiary for petit larceny. He is the only son of his mother and she is a widow who has tried to keep him on the narrow path of rectitude. Eddie has a wife and four small children and his wife says she doesn’t care if he ever comes back.

Eddie’s last employment in town was with the Noble Brothers cutting ice and he hastened to collect his pay. He is alleged to have raised money to leave town by a forged check given to a Glens Falls merchant.

Eddie and Bertha, his auburn-haired charmer, secretly made their preparation for flight and went to Lake George on a Hudson Valley trolley car and there he, so it is said, purchased two tickets for Buffalo. (Note: Because this scandalous couple both have last names common to this area, I have omitted them to avoid embarrassing any reader with a similar name who is probably no relation to them.)

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

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