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Turning Back the Pages 1-16-11

He never heard the train approaching

Jeremiah Hotchkiss, 70, a deaf-mute of Glens Falls, was instantly killed and mangled beyond recognition Jan. 19, 1911 by a Delaware and Hudson passenger engine near the railroad station in that city. Train engineer John King, said he did not see the man and knew nothing was amiss until he felt a slight jar. The fireman was sent to investigate and found the deaf mute's mangled body about 15 feet from the engine. It is believed that Hotchkiss was walking the tracks to John St. and no one witnessed the accident. Engineer King ran down and killed another deaf mute on the Platt St. crossing in April, 1910 in Glens Falls. The victim was a resident of Pottersville and his body was taken there for burial.

Undertaker assumed he was dead

Owing to a misunderstood telephone message, Edward Chevalley, the proprietor of the well-known roadhouse at stop 17 on the Schenectady-Albany road, who is suffering from cancer, came to his senses the night of Jan. 7, 1911 just in time to ask an Albany undertaker who was at work on his body, what the trouble was. It seems that Chevalley had a severe relapse and his mother, who lives in Albany, was telephoned that her son had died and therefore sent an undertaker to the house. While the undertaker was busy laying out the body, Chevalley suddenly sat up in bed and asked for an explanation.

They turned tail and ran

George Boyce started from Wells to go to Thurman and when he arrived at the railroad crossing at The Glen, the northbound passenger train was just leaving the station. The horses became frightened and turned completely around, throwing Mr. Boyce out and he landed in a snow drift uninjured. The team than ran up to the railway track two miles to what is known as the Anderson Brook Bridge. The train came along up and the trainmen found that one horse had fallen through the bridge. They cut the harness, letting that horse down through the bridge. The animal sustained considerable many bruises. The other horse, above the bridge, was unhurt. Mr. Boyce hired a horse to hitch with his uninjured horse and continued on his journey to Thurman.

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