Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Sept. 1911•

Farmhand murders wife

George Quick, a farmhand who lives at King’s Station, about six miles north of Saratoga Springs, is under arrest on a charge of murder in killing his wife with a shotgun. The murder is supposed to have been committed late afternoon, Sept. 24, 1911. Quick admits that he committed the deed, but said he was sorry. He gave no reason for the act.

Early that day, he borrowed a shotgun from Alton Stiles, a neighbor and later in the morning Mr. and Mrs. Quick drove to the cemetery where their infant son was buried. They returned in the afternoon and Mr. Stiles called on Quick to get him to work for him. Quick was sitting outside his house and informed Stiles that he had shot and killed his wife. He refused to tell why he did it and said, “You will know later!” He led Stiles to the woodshed where Mrs. Quick was lying on the floor. Her back had a great hole between the shoulder blades and the shot had punctured her left lungs. She died of shock and hemorrhage. “Is this what you borrowed my gun for?” asked Stiles.

Neighbors can assign no cause for the deed as Quick had not been drinking on Sunday. Mrs. Quick was 25 and a very attractive young woman. Her husband was about a year older. It is believed that insanity will be the plea of the defense. Quick was committed to the Warren County Jail where he still refused to talk.

Popular resident eulogized

In the village park at Lake George the afternoon of Sept. 23, 1911 many residents of the town and some prominent people from afar, including Gov. John A. Dix, gathered to join in a memorial service for the late Edward M. Shepard. Henry W. Hayden acted as chairman and paid an eloquent tribute to Mr. Shepard. Several hymns were sung by the combined church choirs of the village.

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