Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Oct. 1913•

Alcohol-fueled fight, shooting

Alfred Dodge, 18, is in jail at Hudson Falls, charged with having shot and killed his stepfather, Samuel Wiggins, 50, early morning Oct. 26, 1913 when Wiggins, so it is said, attacked his wife and the boy’s mother after threatening to kill her at the Wiggins’ home in Smith’s Basin, a settlement in Washington County about 5 miles from Hudson Falls.

Wiggins and his brother, George, both of whom had been drinking, got into a fight in the dooryard and George was knocked down. When he failed to arise, Mrs. Wiggins began to remonstrate with her husband. The latter, according to Mrs. Wiggins and her son, then began to savagely beat her. Wiggins has been arrested several times in the past on charges of assault reported by his wife. Dodge, who was standing in the doorway, rushed into the house. Returning with a gun, he shot Wiggins dead.

Dodge made no attempt to escape and went to the County Jail with Coroner W.B. Mellick of Fort Edward.

Man’s best friend

H.C. Ingraham of Landon Hill, Pottersville, went to Igerna recently with his faithful 11-year-old Collie dog Fido after young cattle pastured there by D.B. Jenks.

For 10 years Fido has helped in driving and going after the cows, making two trips every year, most of the time with the spirit of a puppy, but now poor old Fido is obliged to give in to his age and his master had to stop at houses on the way and let him rest. Those good people praised poor Fido and petted him and the dog indeed felt proud of being noticed by his many old friends.

Deer run for cover

The mighty nimrods of the “Bear Waller” hunting club of Warrensburgh will eagerly hit the trail on election morning for Sawyer’s Clearing in Johnsburgh’s “Oregon Country,” where they will remain in camp until Nov. 16, 1913 at the close of deer season.

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

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