Turning Back the Pages

Mrs. Nelson Alger died March 31, 1913 at her home on Horicon Avenue, Warrensburgh, after a short illness of pleurisy. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Florence Alger.

Thomas Bentley, 89, an old resident of Brant Lake, died April 7, 1913 at the home of his son, William Bentley.

Lydia A. Armstrong, 88, of Johnsburgh, died at the home which she shared with her daughter, Elizabeth Armstrong. She was also the mother of William H. Armstrong.

In Johnsburgh Corners an 8-year-old son of Horace Hack died April 12, 1913 of pneumonia. Burial was in the Hack Cemetery and the bearers were E.J. Little, Delbert Waddell and Jay Morehouse.

Historic affair remembered

John W. Millington, a native of Chestertown but now a resident of Portland, Oregon, who served two terms of enlistment in the Union Army during the Civil War and was a member of the party that pursued and captured John Wilkes Booth, 27, near Bowling Green, Va. after his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, has written a graphic description of his part in the historic affair containing many little known details. Millington was born in 1843 and enlisted in Company E, 93rd N.Y. Volunteer Infantry in 1861.

A copy of the story is in the possession of the writer’s brother, Robert Millington of Warrensburgh. John Millington related that before Booth died of gunshot wounds on April 26, 1865, the prisoner told others to tell his mother that what he did was “for the good of the country.”

Lively auction brings crowd

One of the largest auction sales ever held in Glens Falls or vicinity was held April 30, 1913 at the Griffing & Leland stable which lasted all that day. According to auctioneer Frasier, he was forced to continue the sale one day longer. A large number of buyers were present from out-of-town and many good bargains were secured. The sales totaled $5,000 the first day and at least $20,000 worth of stock remained.

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

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