Spencer Trask, head of Spencer Trask & Co., bankers and brokers, 16-18 Broad St., New York City, was killed instantly just before the new year when a freight train crashed into the rear of the New York Central-Montreal express at Croton, N.Y. on the way to the city. Two other passengers were seriously injured.
Trask's body was cremated at the crematorium in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy and his ashes were taken to Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
(Note...Spencer and Katrina Trask lived at their summer home on connecting Three Brothers Islands in Lake George and at Yaddo, their mansion in Saratoga which was a copy of Haddon Hall, a historic castle in England. Today the beautiful estate is an artist's colony.
Since Senator Joe Bruno has recently been found guilty on two federal corruption charges in Albany, there is a concerted effort going on in Saratoga to have Bruno's name, which is memorialized on the placard hovering above the mineral spring at the Saratoga State Park, removed and replaced with the name of Spencer Trask, the elite Saratogian who is remembered for his honesty, generosity and integrity.
At the First National Bank of Lake George, George W. Bates was elected in 1910 to fill Trask's vacant director's seat.
Katrina Trask, 68, later married George Foster Peabody, 69, at Yaddo in February, 1921 and, suffering from arteriosclerosis, she died in January of the next year.)