100 Years Ago - March 1913
Hague man’s awful fate
Death after many hours of awful suffering befell Herman Fish of Hague on Monday March 3, 1913 as the result of an accident which occurred Saturday night in a lonely spot on the road between Hague and Ticonderoga. Mr. Fish drove his sleigh to Ticonderoga in the afternoon to purchase supplies and was on his way home in the evening when he drove too near the edge of a steep embankment and the cutter toppled over, carrying man and horse with it. He was thrown from the sleigh and his neck was broken by the fall. He was rendered unconscious and remained in that condition for hours.
About dawn he revived but was powerless to move or raise his voice.
Nearby and tightly wedged between the earthen bank and a large tree was the horse, all but exhausted by its frantic struggles to free itself. For several hours the helpless man suffered terrible agony of mind and body, waiting and praying for someone to come to his rescue. After a time he again lapsed into unconsciousness and he was thus found about 10 o’clock Sunday morning by a man driving over the road whose attention was attracted by the heart-rending moans of the imprisoned horse.
Help was procured and the injured man was taken to his home. His face, hands and clothing were covered by a heavy coating of frost and both of his feet were frozen. His body was paralyzed from the neck down by the injury to his spinal column. Dr. Cummius of Ticonderoga was summoned but there was little he could do for the doomed man. About midnight Mr. Fish regained consciousness and was able to converse with members of his family, all of which he recognized. Only his remarkable vitality sustained him until death finally ended his suffering.
Herman Fish is survived by four brothers, Arthur, Fred, John and Thomas Fish and two sisters, Mrs. William Hackett and Mrs. George Duell.
Grim reaper’s double strike
Adelbert F. Root, Sr., 73, a venerable resident of Church St. in Glens Falls died Feb. 28, 1913 from injuries received when he fell on an icy sidewalk and busted a blood vessel at the base of his brain. He was rendered unconscious by the fall and remained in that condition until his death.
Charles Wood, 79, of Schroon Lake, died suddenly of heart disease Saturday evening, March 1, 1913, at the home of his brother, Wesley Wood at 20 William S. in Glens Falls, scarcely an hour after his arrival in that city to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Adelbert F. Root Sr.
Immediately upon his arrival in Glens Falls, Mr. Wood went to the Root residence to extend his sympathy. His first wife, who died 20 years ago, was a sister of the late Mr. Root. Later he went to the home of his brother where he was heard to remark to family members that he had never felt better in his life. A few minutes later, while sitting in a chair chatting, he suddenly gasped and his head fell backward. Mrs. Wood ran for a glass of water but when she returned, he was dead. His remains were taken to Schroon Lake. Mr. Wood leaves a widow and a son, Ernest Wood.
Winter comes at last
The first true snowstorm of the winter occurred Feb. 28, 1913 and we now have about seven inches of snow, which has made fine sleighing and a new impetus has been given to business. Men and teams are in demand and are hustling to make the most of winter while it still lasts and considerable pulpwood and logs are being hustled to market as fast as possible after a near snow-less winter.
It is feared that the maple sugar and syrup season, close at hand, will be a poor one owing to the open winter.
Water, water everywhere
Mrs. Frederick B. Richards of Warrensburgh has just received a letter from her sister who was marooned three days in the third story of a hotel in Dayton, Ohio. As the water was up to the second story, the food supply was necessarily scanty and like the rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, there was “water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink” except what rainwater they could catch or by melting the snow on the roof. With this they made tea and cocoa over an alcohol lamp which one of the party happened to have. When the flood subsided, a dead horse was found to have floated into the bar-room of the hotel.
Two dogs running in the woods on West Mountain near Glens Falls were shot and killed by Game Protector M.B. Leland and an effort is being made to locate the owner who, if found, will be fined $100. (Note: It was the unhappy job of a game protector to keep deer from being chased, mutilated and killed by dogs.)
In other news, John Keech and William Yule of West Fort Ann in four days chopped and piled 20 cords of wood and while work was in progress, drank a barrel and a half of “Old Man” cider, ate a ham, two bushels of potatoes and twelve loaves of bread.
Arthur L. Adams of Stony Creek claims the winter egg record. He has 50 single-comb Rhode Island Red hens that laid 852 eggs in January and 944 in February, a total of 1,796 in 59 days.
North Country news
Ransom Maxim has purchased equipment for a sawmill and will build one at Knowelhurst, near Stony Creek this spring. Several teams are engaged in drawing logs from Joseph Cahill’s place to Wilbur Perkins’ sawmill in West Stony Creek. Orrin Perkins, while drawing wood, fell on the ice and it is feared that he broke some of his ribs.
Charles Baker of Bakers Mills has sold his bay trotting horse, Jack Walters to Herman Freed of Schenectady. The horse has been one of the stars of the ice races this season in Lake George and Montreal and other points in Canada.
Sweet and sour notes
The “Bull Moose” project of establishing a daily newspaper in Glens Falls to advocate the principles of the Progressive political party has been practically abandoned.
The Finch-Pruyn Co. of Glens Falls has added a large tract of timberland to its holdings in the Adirondacks by the purchase of 63,000 acres from the McIntyre Iron Company in Essex County. The logs will supply the timber for the company’s new steam mill and bring their holdings to 250,000 acres in the Adirondacks.
Mr. Daniels, one of the wealthy landowners near Long Lake West, whose estate is known as “Sabbatis Park,” has recently secured two black foxes from Alaska, which he intends for breeding purposes.
Jesse Cooper has a crew of men working on the dock he is building at Diamond Point and is also getting out ice and filling all the ice houses he can.
Mary J. St. Ouge, of Indian Lake, died very suddenly, Feb. 28, 1913 of heart failure. She was in her usual good health during the day and died within a few minutes after she was seized with the attack.
Harry Reoux, 12, of Warrensburgh, is recovering in the Glens Falls Hospital under the care of Dr. T.H. Cunningham from a serious appendicitis operation. Mrs. Adelia Reoux is by her son’s side. (Note: Their home is today serves as the Warrensburg senior citizens center.)
In Bakers Mills, Lionel and Maude (Smith) Galusha have a charming little two-and-a-half year old daughter, Mary Galusha. (Note: In 1927, Mary married John Tarantelli. She died Jan. 23, 2013 at the age of 101 years in Warrensburgh.)
Paul Fosmer and Robert Duell of Bolton Landing have purchased a Powers’ moving picture machine from Joe Miller and have opened a moving picture theatre named “The Navajo” in their home village.
Charles Ackley received news of the death of his cousin, Mrs. Jerusha Davidson of New York. Samuel Weller of Riverbank is suffering from an abscess in his head. A daughter was born March 1, 191, to Mrs. Alvin Winslow. Mrs. Lizzie Conant of Lake George married James Bager on Feb. 22, 1913 at Westboro, Vt.
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