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Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Oct. 1913•

Deathbed wedding

Complying with a request made by her father Stephen M. Pratt, 71, an aged resident of the town of Bolton, Miss Elizabeth Pratt, his youngest daughter and Lester Duell, a former Glens Falls boy, were married at the bedside of her dying father, on the night of Oct. 30, 1913, shortly after 9 o’clock. After Mr. Pratt had been stricken with a third shock of paralysis only a few days previously he realized that the end was near and called his daughter to his bedside to tell her that he would be pleased to see her married. The marriage had previously been arranged for the fall. The daughter immediately agreed and after sending word to her fiance, the Rev. George Gates, pastor of the Baptist Church was than called into the presence of the dying man and the couple were married. Only immediate family members were present.

The old man continued to fail and the next day, Oct. 31, 1913, he died of paralysis. One of Bolton’s oldest and most respected citizens, he was well known in the North Country, a proud member of the Odd Fellows’ lodge and a veteran of the Civil War.

Accused of a wicked scheme

Fred L. Hamilton, a Warrensburgh attorney of brilliant attainments but erratic conduct, who has often been in trouble, is now in the Warren County Jail at Lake George, facing a charge of conspiracy, the most serious accusation that has yet been brought against him. He has a companion in misfortune in the person of Robert Holland of Wevertown, who was a party to the alleged scheme, which had been cooked up to extract money from two prominent and respectable citizens of North Creek. A girl, who was to be used as a tool, exposed the plot.

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

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