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Winter drags forward

Yesterday was St. Valentine’s Day and now the sun is getting higher every day and daylight is superseding electric lights and oil lamps to an appreciable extent. However, no robins have been reported here and the groundhog has gone back into his lair for another six weeks. We are having nice spring weather here now and if it continues many days longer, the sleighing will be gone. However, to be on the safe side we might as well keep our coal bins well-filled for the present time.

Lake George froze over this year in 1912. Previously in 1910 and 1911 the winters were mild and the lake didn’t freeze completely. (Note: 100 years later, in 2010 the lake again did not freeze, but in 2011 it did freeze over and this year, in 2012 it has not even come close.)

Boy meets violent death

Howard Mead, 20, of Fort Edward, employed as a brakeman on the D&H passenger train running between Glens Falls and Fort Edward, was fatally injured Feb. 21, 1912 at noon when a freight train from Glens Falls collided with the passenger train that was standing in front of the Fort Edward Depot awaiting the arrival of the southbound train from Whitehall.

Young Mead was caught between the tender and the engine where he was at work and was badly crushed receiving internal injuries and his right leg was severed from his body below the knee. The boy was carried to a grocery store nearby where he was attended by two physicians, but nothing could be done for him. He died at 1:15 p.m.

This is the most serious train wreck in eight years since engineer John Howe was killed near the cement works.

Fire at Lake George

A storehouse owned by the Schermerhorn Construction Co. of Lake George, located near the Russell switch in that village, was destroyed by fire at about 2:30 o’clock the morning of Feb. 25, 1912. Building materials of various kinds were stored in the building and all were destroyed.

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

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