Two of America's foremost aviators were dashed to death in attempts to win the Michelin trophy and $4,000 for the longest flight, a contest that takes place every year.
John B. Moisant was killed at New Orleans in a fall of 100 feet. He was thrown from his Bleriot monoplane and landed on his head 36 feet from where the machine struck the ground. His neck was broken by the fall and he died within seconds.
Arch Hoxsey, holder of the world's altitude record, was killed while making a spiral dip at the Dominquez field near Los Angeles. He fell 530 feet. Hoxsey was caught beneath the heavy motor of his machine and, his head and breast were crushed.
Both aviators were known as the most daring fliers in the world and each had won prizes for distance and endurance flights. In an interview, the Wright brothers, pioneer aviators from Dayton, Ohio who were the first to fly a heavier-than-air machine in 1903 in North Carolina, said that they believe that these accidents were caused by carelessness and that extreme caution is needed by aviators to decrease the number of accidents.
Fire sweeps area town
One of the worst conflagrations in the history of Washington County occurred Monday night, Jan. 2, 1911 in Granville. Lost were twelve buildings burned and 20 families homeless on Main St. 200 feet west of the Mettowee River on both sides of the street. The fire broke out at midnight and was under control at 3 A.M. The main residential section was saved only by a sudden shift in the wind.
Peculiar accident follows sleigh ride
Mrs. John G. Taylor, the former Miss Emma Louise Reoux of Warrensburgh, was in critical condition brought about by internal injuries as a result of a peculiar accident following a sleigh ride. With a party of friends, staying at the Ingle Lodge at Lake George, she was returning from Glens Falls late at night in a sleigh which crossed the Hudson Valley tracks at Gage Hill near a place known as Bloody Pond Crossing when the whiffletree broke and the team was stopped while the driver repaired the damage to the straps so as to continue the trip home.
Suddenly an automobile approached them at terrific speed and Mrs. Taylor and her lady companion, also known as Mrs. Taylor, (no relation) jumped to the ground and ran in fear. The lady, who was in the lead, scrambled out of harm's way but Mrs. Emma Taylor was run down by the auto which passed over her body and than went over an embankment. The chauffeur ran to assist her and her clothing was torn into shreds. She was helped to a neighboring house and later removed to the Ingle Lodge. At first it was thought she was not seriously hurt, but later it was learned that she was hurt internally.
(Note...Emma Reoux Taylor recovered and sued the Glens Falls Automobile Co. who owned the offending vehicle to recover damages for personal injuries in March, 1912 and the trial was to be held at the next term of the Supreme Court at Lake George. I have yet to discover how it all turned out. I also do not know what happened to Mr. Taylor as Emma, who died nine years later in 1920 at the age of 36 years, was married to Lawrence Earl Ross, according to her gravestone in the back east side of the Warrensburgh Cemetery. Can anyone tell me more of her story?)
Fatal trip to Warrensburgh
John T. Rice, one of the foremost citizens of Corinth, died at the home of his son, Philip E. Rice of Warrensburgh. He arrived on Saturday morning, coming from North Creek where he was taken ill. A physician was summoned to the Rice home who found his patient suffering from pleurisy as the result of a severe cold contracted while on a business trip to the northern towns. Pneumonia developed, a counsel of doctors was summoned and a trained nurse was engaged. He grew no better and his symptoms became alarming. He died the next morning.
John T. Rice was born Feb. 9, 1849 in Port Henry. His parents later moved to Conklingville and than to Corinth where he became almost a life resident. His father, who conducted a tannery, was killed in the Civil War. John held several offices of responsibility in Corinth. He is survived by a widow, a daughter, Mrs. E.A. Walker and a son, Philip E. Rice. (Note...This story is a mystery as I believe that in 1910, Philip and Pearl Thomson Rice lived in Corinth and did not come to Warrensburgh to live in the home of Pearl's father, Lewis Thomson until after he died in 1913. The Rice family called their house, "Ye Guest House" and the name was not changed to "Bent Finial Manor" by new owner Pat Scully until 1990. Today it is called "Cornerstone Victorian" and is owned by Doug and Louise Goettsche. This house could very well be the place where John T. Rice died, but the true facts are lost in time.)
Marriages made in Heaven
It was just 152 years ago, Jan. 6, 1759 that widow Martha "Patsy" Dandridge Curtis, 26, married George Washington, 27, in Virginia.
Foster Tyrrell and Miss Mary Van Gilder were married Thursday afternoon, Dec. 22, 1910 at the home of the groom in South Warrensburgh by the Rev. W.S. Warren of this village.
Edmond Everts of Thurman and Sarah Baker of Stony Creek were married Saturday, Dec. 24, 1910 by the Rev. C.W. Mead, pastor of the Stony Creek Methodist Episcopal Church.
John C. Weller and Adab Schwager, both of Warrensburgh, were married Dec. 24, 1910.
Burnis Johnson of Adirondack and Miss Nora Smith of Warrensburgh were married Sunday evening, Dec. 25, 1910 by the Rev. C.D. Kellogg.
Clyde A. Ross and Miss Emma Clark, both of Warrensburgh, were married Wednesday evening, Dec. 28, 1910 at their home on River St., Warrensburgh.
Clarence A. Tennyson of Chestertown and Miss Effie Moffitt of Warrensburgh were married Tuesday evening, Jan. 3, 1911 in Warrensburgh at the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Henry Owens and Miss Margaret Mallon were married Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 4, 1911 at St. Joseph's Church, Olmstedville. They will reside at Long Lake.
Clarence H. Morehouse of Bolton and Miss Elma M. Middleton of Warrensburgh were married Jan. 4, 1911 in Warrensburgh. Bernard and Pearl Moss were the witnesses.
Ice houses are already filled for the coming season with fine quality ice. D.B. Jenks is drawing ice from Echo Lake, Warrensburgh to his ice house on Landon Hill, Chestertown.
The recent thaw has caused the Schroon River to rise considerably and as a result the Schroon River Pulp and Paper Company mill is now able to run one grinder at full head.
Farmers are getting their winter's supply of grain, which can now be purchased at Riverside for $19 a ton.
In Chester, the mill dam at the outlet of the mill pond broke open Monday night, Jan. 2, 1911 and let all the water out of the pond. Fred Vetter of Chestertown has purchased a fine team of cream colored road horses from W.L. Porter of Adirondack.
Toussaint Martin of Johnsburgh has gone to Oneonta where he will be employed for the coming winter.
The youngest son of Mrs. Martha Duell of South Horicon slipped on the ice and fell on his axe cutting off two of his fingers.
A panther scare is prevailing in the vicinity of Black Mountain, Lake George. Lumbermen claim that they have heard its cries in the night and farmers living at the foot of the mountain in the vicinity of Hulettz's Landing have taken all kinds of precaution. Children going to school are accompanied by a grown person who carries a gun.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.