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It was Smith who apprehended the butler who recently robbed the Roosevelt home at Oyster Bay of jewels valued at $5,000. There now hangs in Mr. Smith’s office a highly prized photograph of the former president bearing the appended inscription, “To E.J. Smith, Esq., with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt.”

Walter Gates attends funeral

Walter Gates of Bolton Landing came to North Chester to attend the funeral of his uncle, John Ferris who died recently and was buried in Federal Flats Cemetery. (Note: Walter E. Gates was the only child of Jonathan Streeter Gates and Zilpha E. Ferriss Gates. His grandfather, John Gates, was an early settler of Bolton.

Walter died Jan. 17, 1919 of the dreaded influenza, a disease that broke out in 1918, the year World War I ended and decimated large populations as the epidemic eventually killed over 20 million people before it had ran its course. Walter’s death was said to have been a severe blow to his stricken father who never recovered from his grief and died Dec. 11, 1921, two years later.

Jonathan Streeter Gates was the great-grandfather of present day William Preston Gates, — Bill Gates, our famous local history author.)

Last child to die

Mrs. Simon Rice, 84, one of the oldest residents of Rolette, North Dakota, died there Oct. 7, 1913 at her home. She was born in Warrensburgh, March 2, 1829 and was the daughter of the late Elisha and Elizabeth Harrington and one of a family of 13 children of whom she was the last to pass away. She was married at the age of 19 years to Simon Rice who is now 87 years old and survives her. They had four children.

News roundabout

The ruling price for prime steers in Chicago is $8.75 and $9.00 per hundred pounds, $2.25 a hundred less than the high point last year. Beaton’s Orchestra of Glens Falls has been engaged to furnish music at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George for the coming season.

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

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