100 Years Ago - February 1909

Col. Galway C. Morris, 74, president of the Lake George First National Bank since its organization in 1907, died Feb. 8, 1909 at the home of his son, Herbert Morris, in Philadelphia where he was taken on account of failing health. He was a veteran of the Civil War. For the past 25 years he has been a prominent resident on the shore of Lake George, near Tea Island and he is also survived by a second son, Dr. Ellison Morris of Philadelphia. Mrs. Morris died at Lake George about nine years ago.

Boy killed in sledding incident

Mark Dalrymple, 19, son of Elmer Dalrymple of Hill View, (Diamond Point) Lake George, is dead at the home of his parents as the result of a coasting accident, Feb. 22, 1909, when he was impaled on a stick as he was thrown from a coaster.

He was out on the snow crust near the Cramer place sliding on a barrel stave on which he had nailed an upright block for a seat. His coaster became unmanageable and he hit a slight declivity where a bush had been partly chopped down, leaving an upright stick about an inch in diameter which entered his body at the lowest point in the abdomen and passing through, came out just below the shoulder blade. He freed himself from the stick and ran to his home half a mile away.

Dr. C.B. Stiles of Hill View, was summoned and also Drs. Cunningham and Henning of Glens Falls. He was operated upon at the Parks Hospital in Glens Falls and a great deal of laceration of the large intestine was found. About four inches of the intestine was removed and the doctors gave but little hope for the lad's recovery.

The next day Mark gradually failed and after intense suffering death came to his relief in the morning's early hours. The affair has cast a gloom over the whole community, for the boy was much loved both in his home and in the village where he was admired for his fine qualities and upright life.

Thought for the day; "Just because his wife wanted him to eat meat after the cat had sampled it, a Warrensburgh man is suing for a divorce. Some people are so finicky!"

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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