Altamont Enterprise March 15, 1918


— A blizzard struck Altamont and vicinity on Sunday, and for intensity was equal to anything in the shape of a storm that has been experienced since the big storm of 1888. Although lasting only for a few hours, those who had occasion to brave the storm found difficulty in going to their homes after church services.

— Philip Edelman, Sr., is making extensive improvements to his home on Grand street, putting in a complete electric lighting and heating system, also installing an up-to-date bath and toilet equipment. Mr. Edelman believes in getting ahead with this work and being prepared to make connections with the new sewer system which will be built this year.


Wedding bells will soon be ringing in our little village. Be on the lookout, boys.


Congress passed a bill on March 9 which will grant to drafted men in the training camps furloughs for the crop season. It is to be regretted that this step was not taken long ago, as it is an injustice to farmers to be obliged to ask to be placed in deferred class in order to get out of fighting for their country, as there is no class of people who are more ready to fight for their country than the farmer. If, in producing food, he is worth more to the country than he would be in the trenches and he is exempted that he may serve in this capacity, he is just as worthy of recognition as the man who goes to the front.

— H. E. Crouch, Manager Albany County Farm Bureau


The children of the third and fourth grades of the Altamont school, who are a sustaining unit in the Red Cross and also affiliated with the county organization, have knitted, with the aid of friends, and are the proud possessors of nearly one hundred squares, of which sixty-three have been used for an afghan for convalescent soldiers in the hospital. The small knitters from 8 to 10 years old accomplished this with help from many, including soldiers’ mothers in the village.


Mrs. Albert Rickard of Middleburgh, although 82 years of age, has just finished knitting a pair of socks for her grandson, Guy Rickard, now in the navy. The children and the aged, and nearly all others, even the boys, in Schoharie, are knitting, knitting.


The residence of Charles Steadman, near Meadowdale, formerly the Henry Hilton farm, now owned by Raymond Frederick, was burned early Sunday morning. Charles Steadman and family occupied the house, and had taken the usual precautions against fire on retiring Saturday night. The fire is supposed to have started from an overheated coal stove. The flames had gained considerable headway before the occupants were awakened.

Mr. Steadman was the first to be aroused by the fire, and together with his wife and three of his children, escaped from the upper story of the building. Clinton, the eldest son, 14 years old, occupied a room on the lower floor, and was saved by his father, who snatched him from the burning room only a moment before the side partitions fell in.


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    Altamont Boy Scout Notes 

    Monday evening saw the local boys come to life again, after a long summer vacation. Business meeting was preceded by a little supervised boxing. 



    — The local grammar school was closed Thursday in order that the pupils might attend the Albany-Schenectady county fair at Altamont. 

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