100 Years Ago - July 1913
Tire bursts, girl killed
In an automobile accident which occurred about 2 o’clock p.m. July 12, 1913 near the George Foster Peabody residence on the Bolton Road, Gertrude Mordecai, 19, of Charleston, S.C. was fatally injured. Cornelia Mordecai, 16, her sister, and chauffeur Owen Starr were painfully injured and Mrs. T.M. Mordecai, mother of the girls, Hanna Folk, a guest and Henry Schermerhorn narrowly escaped being hurled to their death.
At the time of the accident the Mordecai machine was headed toward Bolton. In turning out for an approaching car a tire burst and without a moment’s warning the machine crashed into a tree, throwing the occupants with terrific force to the ground. Gertrude Mordecai was rendered unconscious and bleeding profusely. She was picked up and placed in an automobile driven by Royal Peabody, who with all possible haste hurried to the Glens Falls Hospital, but on the way death overtook the young woman. Her skull had been fractured and the brain lacerated.
Miss Folk sustained a broken arm. The party had been in Glens Falls on a shopping tour and was homeward bound at the time of the accident. The chauffeur was in no way at fault as he did his best to avoid crashing into the tree.
The Mordecai family had been in Lake George for about eight weeks and were staying at the James W. Lockhart cottage until the time when their new home on the Bolton Road could be completed. Mr. Mordecai is a prominent Charleston attorney.
Boy drowns in canal
Harold Baker of Glens Falls said good-night to a friend at a restaurant in that city at 2:30 o’clock Sunday morning and that was the last ever seen of him alive. At 11 a.m. the same day his body was found in the canal.
He was the sole support of an aged mother who was nearly prostrated by the news of his death. There was no evidence of suicide or foul play and it is believed the young man stumbled and struck his head and rolled into the canal while unconscious.
Mother Nature kills two men
During a severe electrical storm in the vicinity of Port Henry on the afternoon of July 29, 1913, two persons were killed by lightning. One of the victims was George Wilkinson who ran the ferry at Crown Point and the other was an Italian man, employed by the railroad near Moriah, who had been in the country only four months.
Bakers Mills news
All of the young men of Bakers Mills have gone north to work where they are being paid better than $2 a day which leaves help for getting in the hay pretty scarce.
In other news, Mrs. Richard A. Hudnut, of New York City passed through Bakers Mills July 19, 1913 followed by a retinue of servants on the way to Foxlair Camp. (Note: Richard A. Hudnut was a millionaire perfume magnate from New York city who created the Foxlair estate, an empire which no longer exists, starting before 1900 in Oregon, a section of Bakers Mills. His first wife was Evelyn Beals, the granddaughter of Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln’s vice-president. She died in 1917. His second wife was Winifred de Wolf. Her daughter, Natacha Rambova, was the wife of movie star, Rudolph Valentino. Richard Hudnut died in 1928 in France.)
Isaac Berkowitz, a Glens Falls junk dealer, while smashing a cookstove he bought for old iron, found a tin can containing $100 in bills which had been concealed in a cavity under the oven. Berkowitz couldn’t remember where he bought the stove and isn’t straining his brain trying to remember.
Landed on his feet
Clarence Porter, John G. Hunt’s plumber, while repairing the roof of John Duggan’s house on Lower Elm St. on July 21, 1913, stepped on the end of a loose plank on the scaffold on which he was working and was precipitated to the ground about 15 feet below. Porter’s agility enabled him to make a quick turn while falling and he landed on his feet. Though he was considerably jarred, the only injury he sustained was a tear in his overalls. (Note: John G. Hunt’s hardware store was in the north end of today’s Marco Polo’s pizza shop. John Duggan’s house is known today as the Grant Eldridge house, across the street from Riverside Gallery.)
Death in the news
A two-year old child of Clarence Burch of Bolton Landing was brought to South Horicon at night to be buried in the local cemetery. The mother died about three weeks ago and this is her second child to die. All were victims of diphtheria and have been buried here.
In other news, Mrs. William Frasier of North Bolton, the daughter of Jacob Norton, died of measles. She leaves a husband and two young children.
John Alexander Crane, 24, formerly of Troy, but for the past seven years a resident of Wevertown, died June 21, 1913 at Saranac Lake after several months illness of tuberculosis. Burial was in the Bates Cemetery.
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Worden, 69, died at her home in the town of Caldwell, about one mile north of the village of Lake George. She is survived by four sons.
Mrs. Urban Hitchcock, 29, died July 7, 1913 at the Utica State Hospital after a long illness. She is survived by a son and a daughter. George Hitchcock and C.J. Wakely went to Bakers Mills to attend the funeral of their niece which took place July 9, 1913. Internment was in the Hack Cemetery, Johnsburgh.
Mrs. Joseph Bolton, 46, died of pneumonia July 25, 1913 at her home in South Horicon. She first had the measles and pneumonia followed. She is survived by her husband, seven daughters and two sons. Internment was in the Leggett Cemetery, Chestertown.
The Honorable Louis W. Emerson of Warrensburgh was re-elected a member of the board of directors of the Imperial Wall Paper Co. in Hudson Falls.
Eighty head of Jersey cattle brought $14,490 at a sale on the farm of George W. Sission Jr., of the Racquette River Paper Co., east of Potsdam. May Irwin, the movie actress, purchased one animal.
A barn owned by Patrick Sheehy and situated just outside the village of Adirondack was burned to the ground the night of July 4, 1913 and the cause is not known.
Selah Reynolds of East Thurman has been appointed guardian of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Reynolds as the old people are quite feeble and should have different care than they are getting. The neighbors will be more than happy to see the guardian get busy.
The largest fish ever caught in Lake George, except one, was taken on July 18, 1913 by William Taylor of Bolton and G.O. Eddy of Bristol, Rhode Island. It was a pickerel and weighed 25 & 3/4 pounds.
The Warrensburgh-Thurman iron bridge, which was considerably damaged by the high water last spring and was at that time jacked up sufficiently to permit travel over it, is now being permanently repaved. The structure is being slightly raised and a new pier is being built on the east end. Seth Alden, well-known as a mason of unusual skill, is in charge of the work.
A.R. Armstrong of Johnsburgh Corners has purchased a five-passenger automobile and is learning to run it. The Echo Lake Farm House at Warrensburgh is at present entertaining 15 city guests.
Flower thieves are again at work in Warrensburgh. Roscoe Stone’s lawn has been visited twice recently in one week and many beautiful flowers have gone missing.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.