Charles Baker, proprietor of the Chestertown-Warrensburgh stage line, was on a trip Nov. 27, 1909 when a trace unhooked on the downgrade near Charley Taber's place, just outside of Warrensburgh. One frightened horse of the team of grays made a lunge slipping the neck yoke from the sleigh tongue. The team started into a run down Main Street, having broken loose from the sleighs.
Baker was dragged from the front seat over the dashboard and he landed heavily on his head in the hard crust of the snow. His chin and the left side of his face was badly scratched and bruised. The team continued on a wild pace at a breakneck clip until they ran into a tree near Second S. One of the horses was knocked off his feet but was not badly injured.
Baker was stunned by his fall, but soon recovered his equipoise and walked back to the village to attend to the repair work. There were no passengers in the stage at the time of the accident and it is lucky that in their wild flight, the team did not collide with any other rigs on the street.