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Man dies in motorcar crash

Jesse Smith, for two years employed as chauffeur by Senator James A. Emerson in Warrensburgh and well-known throughout this section, was killed in an automobile accident Dec. 1, 1911 on the Saugerties Road near Rondout.

Since leaving Warrensburgh about a year and a half ago, Smith had made his home in Glens Falls but had been working as a mechanician in various automobile factories and had worked in Rondout since Oct. 23, 1911 at the Wyckoff, Church & Partridge Automobile factory.

Jesse Smith was riding in a car which was being tested by Henry Amon when a shoe blew out which caused the machine to swerve from the roadbed into the soft ground along side the highway. The car was brought to a stop by running into a stump along side of the road. Smith either jumped or was thrown out of the car striking against a tree. Amon was only slightly injured. Smith was carried into the nearby residence of Mrs. Edward Legg and died just as they got him into the house.

The funeral was held at the home of Smith’s mother at 244 Glen St., Glens Falls and the body was taken to Pottersville for burial. Smith leaves a widow who was formerly Miss Russell of Warrensburgh.

Conflagration at Stony Creek

The village of Stony Creek narrowly escaped being swept by fire early in the morning, Dec. 5, 1911 when a two-story building owned by J.E. Vanderbilt and occupied by him as a drugstore, was burned to the ground.

The fire was discovered about 2 a.m. by the night watchman at Halls’ Steam Mill, who saw flames issuing from the rear of the building. An alarm was given and the residents got out the hand engine with which they were able to save the surrounding buildings. It was only with great effort, however, that the flames were prevented from devouring the entire village as the fire had gained considerable headway when discovered.

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