September 5, 2012

One search leads to another


Another article in the bin ran in the Malone Evening Telegram in 1983. It tells the true story of a baby moose that became a family pet.

In the spring of 1908, Henry Trudell of Mountain View was walking out of the woods from a long day of logging when he found a baby moose on the railroad tracks. John Garland Jr., who worked for Trudell, decided to take the baby home with him. He and his father, John Garland Sr., raised and trained the moose, letting him have the run of the farm in east Duane.

The story continues, as told by Edward Garland, a grandson: “…one fine day the moose decided to go into the house, stepping over my sister, Winfred, who was about a year old at the time. My mother was nearly scared out of her wits. She in turn got after my father to get rid of it (the moose) because it was becoming such a nuisance.”

He goes on to tell that his father hated to get rid of the animal because he had trained it to draw a wagon just like a horse. Garland Sr. had seen the moose run like lightning, so he took him to the fairgrounds to train him to race, but “the moose got lonesome being cooped and tied in the pen. They claim he was overfed so he died of a lonely heart and overeating.”

This might be just a tall tale except for the fact there is a picture with the article. Indeed, the moose is harnessed to a wagon. I will also scan and post this picture on Facebook.

Believe it or not, winter will be here before long, and we will all be spending more time inside. So dive into those research projects and fall closet-cleaning chores you’ve been dreading. You never know what you’re going to find, and if you find something hysterical, unbelievable or outlandish, drop me a note. I’d love to hear from you.

One last thought, as always, please be kind to each other. The world needs more kindness.

Susan Tobias lives in Plattsburgh with her husband, Toby. She started at the Press-Republican in 1977. The Tobiases have six children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They enjoy traveling to Maine and Colorado, and in her spare time, Susan loves to research local history and genealogy. Reach her by email at

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