Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - June 1913

Emerson’s grand party

The Hon. Louis W. Emerson of Warrensburgh gave his annual house party at the Leland House, Schroon Lake, with a banquet Friday night, May 30, 1913 which marked the opening of the hotel for the season. The feast spread before the guests reflected much credit upon the resources of the hotel and its proprietors, L.W. and J.A. Emerson and manager G.H. Brickwedel.

Patrick Moynihan was the speaker of the evening and his subject was “True Friendship.” Dr. J.B. Harvie told a humorous story in Scotch dialect.

In other news, the Empire Theatre in Glens Falls was packed to the doors with 2,000 men and women, Democrats, Republicans, Progressives and people of all or no parties assembled to hear Governor Sulzer speak.

Sen. James A. Emerson occupied one of the boxes and many Warrensburgh people were scattered about in the audience. After the meeting the governor visited the Elks Club before he returned to Albany.

Thurman youth drowned

While swimming in the Boreas River at Newcomb, Monday afternoon, Hiland Wescott, 19, of Thurman, was seized with a cramp and before help could reach him, sank to the bottom and was drowned.

Young Wescott was employed on the state road work near Newcomb and after the day’s labor was done, went to the river to seek relief from the intense heat by a refreshing bath in the cool waters. He was a good swimmer and did not hesitate to venture into deep water, but when the cramp paralyzed his limbs he was unable to save himself. Other men were nearby but were unable to reach him in time.

His body was brought home to Thurman and the funeral was held May 1, 1913. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wescott, three sisters, Myra, Francis and Lulu Wescott and a brother, Linwood Westcott.

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

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