•100 years ago — Jan. 1914•
History seen as it really was
Nearly everyone has something, big or small, that they enjoy collecting. Rare plants, seashells, snow globes, coins, you name it. My passion for collecting started many long years ago when I visited at the home of my late friend, Warrensburgh’s eminent historian, Stewart Farrar. He had a vast collection of history books, which including volumes from the 18th and 19th century. Those fragile, cracked leather, handmade books, bound in leather — now cracked, written by people who had long since turned to dust, always fascinated me — and soon after I went on my own quest to acquire such treasures.
In the years to come it was my good fortune to have my daughter and son-in-law, Kayce and Jim Dimond, become well-known historical paper dealers and managers of estate sales. I purchased some of the best dusty tomes that many old Vermont attics had housed for many generations and whose pages really spoke to me. In many cases the writings were about local history, seen first hand, or stories told to the authors by older family members.
Lake George’s hidden secrets
Last October, the archeologists’ discovery of artifacts near Million Dollar Beach parking lot that could date back as far as 8000 years, shut down parking lot and roadwayconstruction plans to be temporarily shut down. The find included a lot of arrowheads and a spearhead that was about eight inches long. This indicateed that Lake George was a hotbed of activity for American Indians long before it became the site of numerous battles and encampments during the French and Indian War era.
Over the years It has been in the news many times that village workman digging for a water pipe or whatever, discovered yet another skeleton of some poor soul who perished during the famous 1756 aftermath of General Montcalm’s famous siege of Fort William Henry.