•100 years ago - Sept, 1913•
Man escapes jaws of death
Pinned under an automobile in such a manner it had to be propped up to release him, but sustaining only bruises, on Sept. 29, 1913, Orville C. Smith had a miraculous escape from death, fatal or serious injury. A machine owned and driven by Robert Gibson struck a bicycle Smith was riding from his grocery store to his home on 122 Bay Street, Glens Falls, and threw him under the wheels of the car.
Leaving work at his store at 6:30 o’clock, Smith was proceeding up Bay Street and Gibson was coming down the street. When the former neared the corner of Maple St. he thought Gibson intended to turn down that street and in order to avoid the auto he turned to the left. The autoist, however, had no intention of going down Maple Street and turned to the right. The result was that the automobile and bicycle met in a head on collision.
Smith was thrown under the machine which was going slowly and the driver soon brought it to a stop and with the aid of several bystanders he went to the grocer’s assistance, but the latter was pinned under the car is such a manner that it required no little effort to release him. The car was lifted off the ground and Smith was placed in the machine and taken to the office of Dr. T.I. Henning where he was treated and he was than taken to his home. No bones were broken but he was badly bruised and complained of lameness in his back.
Gibson and Smith both declared that the other was not at fault and it was stated that Gibson had done everything possible to aid the injured man. (Note: In 1907 in Massachusetts alone, 62 people were killed in automobile accidents and 640 were injured. In 1908 roads were poor and an American car cost a staggering $2,500, making them “a reckless personal extravagance,” putting ownership far out of the reach of the average citizen. Thanks to Henry Ford, the best was yet to come.)
Flamboyant aviator dies
Word has been received that well-known American circus performer Col. Samuel Franklin Cody, a naturalized Briton, has died. He is credited with the first aeroplane flight in the United Kingdom at Farnborough, Hants on Oct. 16, 1908 after working on airships and man-lifting kites. He had traveled for 50 feet above the grass in May, 1908 and later that year made the first recognized aeroplane flight over 1,390 feet.
He was killed in a flying accident last month, August, 1913 and was given a military funeral and burial at Aldershot, Hampshire, England.
Stranger on our shore
John Butler Yeats, well-known Irish portrait painter, born in 1839, became the father in 1865 of William Butler Yeats who went on to be a world-famous Irish poet and dramatist. John possessed a brilliant mind and a remarkable talent which he passed on to his son.
After leaving Dublin for London in 1907 John made his final move to New York and two years ago, in 1911, he met Jeanne Robert Foster, of Chestertown, N.Y. there when she was assistant editor of the Review of Reviews, a New York journal edited by Albert Shaw. Today they are close friends. (Note: Jeanne Robert Foster was an Adirondack poet and writer who late became the American editor of Transatlantic Review. She wrote stories and ballads about the lumberjack era in this area where she grew up. She took care of John Butler Yeats when he was an old man and showed him much kindness. He did a sketch of her in 1917 for a large oil painting that he never got around to beginning. He died in 1922 when he was 83 years old and she had him buried on the hill in the Foster family plot in the front of the Chestertown Cemetery, looking down upon Rte. 9, far from the land of his birth. )
From 1913 - Looking back at history
It was just 293 years ago, Sept. 16, 1620, that the Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth, England. (Note - In Centennial speeches made on Aug. 4, 1913 in Glens Falls, Jeremiah A. O’Leary, a prominent young lawyer, said: “Looking back, what did our forefathers find here? Was it the virgin forests, the skulking savage? Such things only increased their determination to go ahead. Let us hope that our country shall continue for another century and to forever propagate the immortal heritage of our fathers, the great principles of democracy and freedom, not only in this country but throughout the world.”)
News near and far
It is a sad commentary on our country that between 1900 and now (1913) there has been at least one race riot a year in the United States. (Note: Between 1910 and 1914, there were 347 lynchings recorded. There were 100 in 1915. Those were bleak days in American history.)
Build your own home
It was just five years ago, in 1908, that Richard Sears and Alvah C. Roebuck, owners of Sears and Roebuck & Co., who had established a Chicago mail order catalog in 1888, decided to offer to the public kits, with all parts and materials required, to be shipped to the customer by rail, truck or wagon, to build an entire house. All the customer has to do is to put the pieces and pre-cut lumber together. The kit includes 750 pounds of nails, screws, paint, gutters and sometimes 75 pages of instructions comes with the kit. The customer has a choice of several floor plans.
Prices for the kit start out as low as $237 for a four-room, one-story dwelling but with this particular model a bathroom is not included, although an outhouse can be purchased from their mail-order catalog. (Note: This program was discontinued in 1940 after selling more than 70,000 new homes in 32 successful years. Many of these well-built houses are still standing today.)
Yellow brick road
Yellow bricks are being used in Cambridge, N.Y. on West Main Street as paving on the dirt road for the traveling public. (Note - This road was so fine that the next year, in 1914, citizens could travel over this highway at 15 miles an hour. These bricks were paved over in 1960 to provide a smoother ride for motorists who desired to drive much faster. Today these 100-year-old clay bricks are visible in some places and are being preserved as they are considered to be a charming link to the past.
Last month in Buffalo a red brick road was uncovered and because the bricks were in such good condition they were also allowed to stay and not be covered over with asphalt. Several years ago however, all the red bricks that once were used to pave the main street of Warrensburgh were dug up and disposed of. Several people collected them as souvenirs.)
News near and far
Charles and Elizabeth (Davis) Holland, have a charming little two-year-old daughter, Edna M. Holland, who was born in Glens Falls. (Note - Edna, born March 21, 1911 was later the widow of Hollis R. Ackley. She was 102 years old when she died Aug. 29, 2013 in Fort Edward. She had the unusual distinction of living in both 1913 and 2013.)
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.