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•100 Years Ago - May, 1909•

Isabelle Ranken Leggett, 30, wife of Clarkson H. Leggett, off Chestertown, died April 26, 1909 in Troy at the home of her parents.

Ruth May Brereton, infant daughter of LeRoy Brereton, died April 30, 1909 and was buried two days later beside her mother who was laid to rest on April 17, 1909 in the Huddle Cemetery, Hill View (now Diamond Point).

Andrew J. Morehouse, 73, a lifelong resident of Bakers Mills, died May 1, 1909 of a complication of diseases. He was buried in the Bates Cemetery.

Finding gold, sheriff stakes his claim

Deputy Essex County Sheriff Henry Allen of Lake Placid, has filed a claim to which he considers to be a rich deposit of gold in the vicinity of Lake Placid. (Note... There has been many a gold craze in the Adirondacks over the years, even in Warrensburgh and Thurman, but none of these minute deposits ever made anyone rich.)

Man rescued from suicide attempt

George Kelly, 24, of Glens Falls, while on the streets of that city, drank two ounces of laudanum (opium), but prompt medical assistance saved him. Kelly has lately been employed on the construction of the new Lake George Club House on the state boulevard to Bolton Landing. He is said to have been despondent of late.

Trains cause death and havoc

In a case of man versus cold steel, one man lost his life. Fred Daniels, of Whitehall, a conductor of the D&H construction train, had his skull crushed while coupling train cars at Lake George.

George W. Brayton, 76, a prominent farmer of Queensbury, living on the outskirts of Glens Falls, was killed May 4, 1909 by a D&H train. He was attempting to cross the tracks and saw the train before it reached him and although he tried to get out of its way he was struck by the bucking beam of the engine. His skull was fractured and he lived a few minutes.

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