An Unusual Work Break

This story took place on a section of Glen Street between Warren and Berry Streets, specifically, Sherman’s Household Store that was at 87 Glen Street directly across from Park Street. The store was owned by Roswell Sherman and was the 5 and 10 cent store of its day.

Around 1900, a young lady by the name of Olea Wealthy Cushman was employed at Sherman’s store. Her middle name is unusual, but it was the first name of her grandfather, Wealthy A. Wade, from Essex County. In 1923, Olea married Darius L. Cowles, an employee of the State Armory on Warren Street. It was a short marriage as Olea died in 1933.

In March of 1931, Olea wrote a letter to the Post Star referring to an article about Glen Street. The following, slightly edited, is taken from her letter.

“I was employed at R. W. Sherman’s store and one of the things we did for amusement when not busy was to go out on the back porch of the store with our .22 caliber rifles and shoot at a target fixed on the back of the Opera House on Warren Street. The Glens Falls village jail was in the basement of the building next to us and on the second floor was the police headquarters. When we were shooting, the prisoners watched from the cellar windows and the police at the windows upstairs, were betting which of us had the best aim.”

Where the rifles came from is not noted but probably not from Sherman’s store as they sold household goods. Do you suppose today’s police and prisoners would enjoy such a show? And wouldn’t it be interesting to hear the comments from both sides of today’s gun controversy.

Written by Bob Bayle.