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Turning Back the Pages 5-22-10

Test drive in new motorcar ends in rollover

F.L. Knowlton of Stony Creek bought a new automobile and built a new gasoline house to store his fuel. L.W. Brooks and Lee L. Hall have also bought new machines but it was Mr. Knowlton who had bad luck right from the start. While learning to operate the new automobile that he had just purchased, he ran the car over an embankment and the occupants had a narrow escape from serious injuries.

Knowlton, Arthur Lalone of Glens Falls, the demonstrator, and the former's daughter, Thena and a stepdaughter, Harriett White, started out for a spin May 29, 1910, with the owner of the car at the wheel. About two miles from Stony Creek, on the Creek Road, one of the forward wheels of the machine struck a tone. The car swerved from its track, crashed over an 11-foot embankment, turned turtle once, but fortunately landed upright.

All the occupants were more or less injured. The steering wheel struck Knowlton in the pit of his stomach and Lalone's right hip was badly bruised, but the girl's only had scratches. The auto was badly damaged.

Never to see home again

The body of Fred Manley, 35, a prominent merchant of Pottersville, was found on a crossroad leading to that village on Sunday afternoon, May 22, 1910. Manley drove to Riverside Saturday morning and took the southbound train, returning in the evening and at 8 p.m. he hitched up his horse and started for home. When he failed to appear, relatives and friends instituted a search and scoured the surrounding countryside for miles around until 2 a.m. and again at the crack of dawn.

The next afternoon he was found on a practically abandoned road near Loon Lake, wrapped in a blanket. There were no marks on the body to indicate foul play and it is thought that heart failure was the cause of his death. A widow and infant daughter survive him.

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