•100 Years Ago - June, 1909•

While William Daggett, who lives a little way off from the main road this side of Thurman Station, was at Stony Creek, June 4, 1909, his horses became frightened near the railroad station and ran, throwing him out. Mr. Daggett's shoulder was dislocated by the fall and he was also quite badly injured otherwise.

In another local incident, Ludwick D. Wilsey also had a problem with his horse.

In attempting to pass Dennis Weaver, who was leisurely driving Dr. J.M. Griffin's rig down Hudson Street, Warrensburgh on a Monday afternoon, Wilsey's horse ran Wilsey's wagon into the buggy and demolished a wheel. The accident created quite a hubbub for a time and attracted a large crowd of onlookers.

Power steering not yet invented

W.D.K. Wright, manager of the White Steamer Auto Agency and Edward Ambrose, a demonstrator of the same company, both of Troy, and H.C. Nye, of Keene, were injured by being thrown out of their automobile above the Warrensburgh-Chester road's toll gate (now corner of state Rtes. 9 and 28). Nye's injuries were not serious. Wright and Ambrose were taken to Glens Falls on the Hudson Valley express car and from that city to Troy by chartered trolley car. Wright, who sustained a fractured leg, is at the Samaritan Hospital and Ambrose is confined to his home with two broken ribs and many bruises.

Automobile mania reported in Chester

There were more than 20 automobiles in Chestertown on May 31, 1909 and Senator James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh was one of the drivers. The hotels did a fine business. There are a number of auto accidents these days as these machines run so fast many people are afraid to drive out on the roads, especially the toll road. ( Note: Horses were known to hate these newfangled, noisy monstrosities and were often seen getting hysterical when they encountered one on the road.)

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