Dead in the blink of an eye
Lee Bennett, 14, a son of Clayton Bennett, a sawyer, who recently moved to Ticonderoga from Horicon, was crushed to death the evening of July 2, 1912 by a locomotive. The Bennett boy and a ten-year-old Italian boy, Joe Liberador, jumped on the running board of the tender of the engine as the engineer in the cab pulled the throttle to back up in the main line for coal. The switch malfunctioned as the engine turned to a siding and the heavy locomotive crashed into the passenger coaches standing on the track.
The little Italian boy saw the danger and jumped from the engine sustaining only bruises which were not serious. The Bennett boy was caught between the tender and the coach and his life was crushed out in an instant. His body and one side of his head were terribly crushed and death, according to the physicians who were called, was instantaneous.
Bird hunter loses leg
Dr. Louis S. Hartman of Syracuse was the victim of a very serious accident at Indian Lake July 3, 1912 when a shotgun, which he was carrying while in pursuit of a hawk, dropped to the ground and discharged. The charge of shot entered his left foot and he was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Montreal where it was necessary to amputate the leg just below the knee.
Two doctors, who were occupying nearby Mountain View cottage, removed the pieces of leather and cloth which had been driven into the wound.
Wrong place, wrong time
Ernest La Clair of Indian Lake was instantly killed by a bolt of lightning Saturday, July 6, 1912, during a heavy thunderstorm at Raquette Lake. La Clair was employed in a sawmill on the Marion River Carry. With a number of others employed he had been engaged about the mill until the storm broke and the machinery shut down.
A number of sharp flashes seemed to strike nearby and without warning a bolt hit the roof of the mill. Tearing through the shingles, the lightning worked its way along the rafters striking La Clair who stood near one of the posts used for support.
Mrs. Sarah Platt Decker, the Colorado suffragist leader, died at the Adler Sanitarium in San Francisco. She was attending the annual meeting of the National Federation of Woman’s Clubs when stricken.
An operation earlier to remove gallstones was performed July 5, 1912 and the surgeons said it was successful. They removed one stone as large as an egg from the intestinal canal but the next day Mrs. Decker began to sink and she slowly passed away. (Note…It wasn’t until 1920 that woman’s suffrage was written into the US constitution.)
In other news, 43 passengers were killed — and four more later died — in a rear-end collision between two Lackawanna trains in Gibson, N.Y. The injured numbered 60 people. Many of the victims were excursionists bound for Niagara Falls from New York.
Law suit settled out of court
A neighbor’s quarrel was transferred on July 11, 1912 from the Hutchin’s Lake locality to Justice Hodgson’s court on King Street, Warrensburgh.
In a big pasture adjoining Ira Wilsey’s farm a horse owned by his neighbor James Swan, was turned out. Ira claimed that the horse strayed onto his land several times and damaged his crops. He told neighbor Jim to take care of his horse or there would be something doing. Jim claimed that he knew nothing of the alleged trespass.
Ira finally decided to protect himself so the next time that the animal appeared he toted out his old shotgun and peppered the horse’s hide full of No. 4 bird shot. Jim was mad! “I’ll law ye, b’gosh,” he told Ira and he did.
When the case came to trial, Ira — by the advice of his counsel Charles P. Coyle, offered to settle, and the matter was fixed up by payment of $25 and costs. District Attorney John B. Cunningham was counsel for Jim Swan.
Mysterious animal deaths
Lady, a fine dog owned by J.F. Beckwith of Riverbank, has met the same fate that six weeks ago befell poor Rex, a valuable Shepherd dog owned by J.H. Roberts. An analysis of Rex’s stomach proved that he was poisoned with strychnine and a dose of the same stuff was undoubtedly the cause of Lady’s death.
In other news, a valuable Jersey cow owned by James Davison of the Wayside Hotel was found dead in Cunningham’s pasture. The animal had been missing for more than a week and a thorough search had been made for her. The body was found some distance back of the fairground and was decomposed. It is believed that she was killed by a stray bullet from a hunter’s gun.
Long-time resident dies
Mrs. Harvey Kenyon, 66, died at her home in Athol the evening of June 23, 1912 after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of the town of Thurman, a woman devoted to her home and family. Mrs. Kenyon is survived by her husband and two children, Mrs. Nora Dow and Allen Kenyon.
A quartet composed of Mrs. T.H. Smith, Mrs. Charles Hall, the Rev. Mr. Murdock and the Rev. Frank Finkle sang “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” at the funeral conducted in her late home.
Hot as Hades
For the past two weeks, the weather all over the country has been so hot that people have been forced to either take to the woods or the ice house. In the big cities the public baths have been so overcrowded that those who could not gain admittance have had to content themselves with lying in the bathtub and in the country the old swimming holes have been full up at all hours of the day and most of the night.
In New York City alone in the last few days there have been 25 deaths from the heat and hundreds have been prostrated and as of yet there is no relief in sight. On July 9, 1912 the mercury in Warrensburgh reached 100 in the shade and in some places it climbed to 102 degrees. It was the hottest July 9th in 20 years. A day earlier In Warrensburgh at the Burnhamville pulp mill, a thermometer which hung in the sun registered 130 degrees. When complaining of the intense heat we are enduring, we should remember of those 35 degrees-below-zero mornings last winter and be refreshed.
A forest fire broke out in West Stony Creek near St. John’s Lake and burned over about 25 acres of land before it was finally extinguished. The long drought has hurt grass and the hay crop will be light this year.
A baby girl arrived at the home of Artie Holcomb in North Creek and mother and daughter are doing fine. Mrs. William Lavery of Igerna celebrated the Fourth of July by becoming the mother of a little daughter.
Mrs. Timothy Donovan of Riverbank cut her foot quite badly with an axe. William Hammond of Igerna clipped off the end of his finger on a mowing machine and Dr. Moston dressed the wound.
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