Test drive in new motorcar ends in rollover
F.L. Knowlton of Stony Creek bought a new automobile and built a new gasoline house to store his fuel. L.W. Brooks and Lee L. Hall have also bought new machines but it was Mr. Knowlton who had bad luck right from the start. While learning to operate the new automobile that he had just purchased, he ran the car over an embankment and the occupants had a narrow escape from serious injuries.
Knowlton, Arthur Lalone of Glens Falls, the demonstrator, and the former's daughter, Thena and a stepdaughter, Harriett White, started out for a spin May 29, 1910, with the owner of the car at the wheel. About two miles from Stony Creek, on the Creek Road, one of the forward wheels of the machine struck a tone. The car swerved from its track, crashed over an 11-foot embankment, turned turtle once, but fortunately landed upright.
All the occupants were more or less injured. The steering wheel struck Knowlton in the pit of his stomach and Lalone's right hip was badly bruised, but the girl's only had scratches. The auto was badly damaged.
Never to see home again
The body of Fred Manley, 35, a prominent merchant of Pottersville, was found on a crossroad leading to that village on Sunday afternoon, May 22, 1910. Manley drove to Riverside Saturday morning and took the southbound train, returning in the evening and at 8 p.m. he hitched up his horse and started for home. When he failed to appear, relatives and friends instituted a search and scoured the surrounding countryside for miles around until 2 a.m. and again at the crack of dawn.
The next afternoon he was found on a practically abandoned road near Loon Lake, wrapped in a blanket. There were no marks on the body to indicate foul play and it is thought that heart failure was the cause of his death. A widow and infant daughter survive him.
Brave lady bids farewell
Alma Bennett, 73, wife of the highly esteemed former Warrensburgh resident, Dennis Bennett, peacefully passed away May 8, 1910 at her beautiful home in Downey, California. She had been married to Bennett since Jan. 22, 1859, some 51 years ago. She had been an invalid and a patient sufferer nearly all her life. Jesus Christ was her personal Savior and she had a wonderful knowledge of the Bible.
Her mind was unusually clear and strong just before her death and she lovingly put her arms about the neck of her husband and said, "I want to kiss you goodbye, for I shall never see you again," and after that she was practically unconscious and remained so until the end.
Her sisters Mrs. F.R. Saville and Daisy Langworthy of Warrensburgh and her nieces were at her side since February until her death. She was buried in Los Angeles County.
(Note: Dennis Bennett was the uncle of famous aviator, Floyd Bennett, who on May 9, 1926, was the world-renowned pilot on commander Richard Byrd's historic flight over the North Pole.)
Despondent man ends his life
Charles E. Martindale of Glens Falls, a former resident of Warrensburgh, met death at his own hand early Saturday afternoon, May 28, 1910, at his home. Despondency because of ill health is given as the cause of the act. A few minutes after dinner, Mrs. Martindale, hearing the sound of a shot from the rear of the house, went to investigate and found her husband in the shed, the body lying in a pool of blood. Beside the remains was a 38-calibre revolver. Death took place before a physician could arrive. The bullet was fired through his left temple. It came out through the right side of the skull.
Martindale is survived by a widow, daughters Marletta Johnson and Clara Norcross, and sons Samuel and Herbert Martindale. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War.
Adirondack legends in the news
Uncle Mart Moody, one of the oldest pioneers in the north woods and made famous by Adirondack Murray's books, was stricken with paralysis at his home on Big Tupper lake. He is nearly 80 and is a celebrated storyteller. Moody is well known in the Adirondacks, gathering material for the 40th edition of his Adirondack Guide, entitled "The Adirondack Illustrated." The work is nearly complete and the book will soon be out.
A party of gypsies with 19 horses and other equipments, camped in Wevertown on their way north and took up their line of march the next morning.
The party held May 10, 1910 at Myron Parks' house in Igerna, for the benefit of the horse shed, was well attended.
In Stony Creek, Fred Cole's people have bought the Joel Dean place and are living there. Henry Ackley has bought the farm known as the Orange Kathan place and his father is to move back to their old farm.
Miss Mary M. Potter of East Thurman has Typhoid Fever.
In Chestertown, Patrick Sullivan sold his horse to Pasco Brothers of Warrensburgh. George May is the new owner of a small mule colt. Game Protector Robert Somerville of Sodom has bought a new horse and colt.
Seymour Nelson is on the river driving logs.
Uncle Jim Wilsey, from Harmony Hall, drives into town every couple of days with his fast road horse and the only thing that can pass him on the road is an automobile.
Weather has been uncertain recently
Those who live in the country at this time of year are certainly the chosen people. What a delight to see the homestead surrounded by apple trees that remind one of a mighty bouquet.
The straw hat has made several starts this year but the weather keeps driving it back into storage.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.