Turning Back the Pages 11-20-2010

•100 Years Ago - November, 1910•

Worker killed instantly by blast

Literally cooked to death was the fate of Peter Christian, night superintendent of the sulphite mill of the International Paper Company at Fort Edward at 4 o'clock a.m. Nov. 13, 1910.

The yoke plate of the pulp digester blew out and Christian was standing close to the apparatus. The hot mass of sulphite flew out completely covering Christian's body and badly burning Frank Lindsay and George Ferguson. Christian was killed instantly by the hot sulphite while Lindsay struggled to get away from the hot mass, but was frightfully burned. He was attended by Dr. Wilde and taken to the Glens Falls Hospital. Ferguson was badly burned also but will recover.

Earthly goods destroyed

In Johnsburgh Corners at an early hour on Sunday morning, a cry of fire was heard and the dwelling house occupied by Isaac Monthany was in flames. Before help could arrive the building and contents were consumed. Monthany and his family lost all their possessions, escaping only with their lives in their nightclothes. The structure was owned by Charles Armstrong.

Tough little critter

In Sodom, Harry Wadsworth's small black cat went hunting one moonlit night and got one of his front feet caught in a trap. The little feline broke the chain from the fastener and brought the trap home, about a quarter of a mile, and carried it up a flight of stairs to its bed.

Look out below

Delbert E. Pasco, 50, fell from the porch roof of James H. Sturdevan's tenant house Nov. 12, 1910 onto the street leading to the electric light station in Warrensburg. He broke both bones of his left leg about three inches above the ankle.

Pasco had the contract of putting a tin roof on the porch and had two men on the job. He went up to inspect their work and there was some snow on the tin, making it slippery and when he slipped to the edge and knowing that he was going to fall, he jumped 20 feet to the ground, twisting his left leg. Suffering severe pain, he was later attended at his home by Dr. Goodman and Dr. Griffin.

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