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Turning Back the Pages

(Note: It is a fact of life that good men who do good deeds and sit peacefully at night before the fire are soon forgotten after their demise. Benjamin Franklin once said that if you do not wish to be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, manage to do something in your lifetime, either good or bad, that will be worth writing about long after you are dead and gone. Here it is 100 years later and we are still talking about the adventures of Sam Pasco, the Adirondack legend.)

Alice C. Thaw to wed

The former Countess of Yarmouth, Alice C. Thaw, will marry Geoffrey W. Whitney of Boston. She married the Earl of Yarmouth on 1903 and divorced him in England in 1908, two years after her brother, Harry K. Thaw had shot and killed architect Sanford White in 1906 in front of a restaurant full of people at Madison Square Garden in New York city. Her marriage to Mr. Whitney will probably take place in the spring and be one of the big society events of Pittsburgh where the former Countess is currently living with her mother. (Note: I told the outrageous story of the countess’ brother, the late Harry Kendall Thaw, whose lavish home was in Bolton Landing, in this column in the Nov. 17, 2012 edition of the Adirondack Journal.)

Killed in an instant

Charles Brummagin of Glens Falls, while walking on the Hudson Valley railroad track between that city and Hudson Falls on the evening of Dec. !9, 1912, was struck by a trolley car and instantly killed.

He had just stepped from the other track to avoid a southbound car and walking with his head bent down and did not see the car that struck him. At 1 a.m. the next morning his brother-in-law, James Zeto, who recognized his clothing, identified the body. The unfortunate man left a widow and three small children.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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