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100 Years Ago - February 1909

A yellowed old clipping tells of a Bennington Vt. diary which told of a snowstorm in March 1804, when four feet of snow fell and some drifts were 10 feet high. It snowed from Friday morning until Sunday morning. It was impossible for children to walk home from school and the horses sent for them sank up to their necks. At one time during the storm, nine inches fell in three-quarters of an hour.

Occupational hazard proves painful

Willis Shaw, an employee of the Warrensburgh Woolen Co,.(now 18 Milton Ave.) while riding from one floor to another on the freight elevator in the Pants Factory building, Jan. 29, 1909, caught his foot between the elevator and the floor and was compelled to stand and endure the pain of the great pressure for 3/4ths of an hour while fellow workmen cut away a post to release him. A man on the upper floor noticed a belt slipping on the pulley when the elevator stopped and promptly shut off the power thus saving Shaw from more serious injury. The young man was taken to his home and Dr. Griffin was summoned to attend him. The foot was seriously bruised but strangely no bones were broken.

'Colt gone wild' in Thurman

There was quite an exciting time in East Thurman when a colt Harvey Fairfield was holding by the head got frightened and threw him down and stepped on him. The animal was caught by Grover Smith on Mr. Porter's lawn. The cutter was smashed and Mr. Fairfield's leg and arm were hurt quite badly.

In other Thurman news, Add Dutcher is very low with pneumonia. There is little chance that he will recover.

Mrs. Lafayette Everts of Thurman died Feb. 10, 1909. She had been seriously ill for some time.

Henry Smith celebrated his 81st birthday anniversary at his home in Athol.

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