Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Nov. 1913•

Life of ‘Lumberman Lew’

“Lumberman Lew,” by Harvester Hiram, a book recently issued from the press of the Glens Falls Publishing Company contains a story of Warren County politics and the principal character is a legendary Warrensburgh man whose identity the reader will have no difficulty in guessing. Though he is mentioned by no other name from that which the book takes its title and the name of the town in which most of the scenes are laid is given as “Warrensville,” there can be no mistake in assuming that the happenings recorded in the title, real or imaginary, took place in Warrensburgh and the hero is none other than Lewis W. Emerson.

We all know him, as do thousands of people in the big world outside our little town and know that too much that is good cannot be said about his ability as a political leader, financier, manufacturer and a man of high distinction in the various walks of life he has entered. (Note: Louis W. Emerson (not “Lewis”) was the eldest son of Albert Cilley Emerson and was born in 1857. He, along with his father and younger brother, Senator James A. Emerson, were instrumental in establishing Warrensburgh as a great industrial community in the early 20th century. Elected in 1900, he was a U.S. Congressman — a staunch Republican. His two terms ended in 1903. Louis Emerson is buried in the Emerson lot, front row center on the old east side of the Warrensburgh Cemetery. His small pathetic gravestone, covered with mold, is obscured by an overgrown bush and is hard to find. Walking in the woods in the rain in the mid-1920s to survey a logging job, he caught pneumonia. He died June 10, 1924.)

Elderly lady escapes death

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

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