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Dead in the blink of an eye

Lee Bennett, 14, a son of Clayton Bennett, a sawyer, who recently moved to Ticonderoga from Horicon, was crushed to death the evening of July 2, 1912 by a locomotive. The Bennett boy and a ten-year-old Italian boy, Joe Liberador, jumped on the running board of the tender of the engine as the engineer in the cab pulled the throttle to back up in the main line for coal. The switch malfunctioned as the engine turned to a siding and the heavy locomotive crashed into the passenger coaches standing on the track.

The little Italian boy saw the danger and jumped from the engine sustaining only bruises which were not serious. The Bennett boy was caught between the tender and the coach and his life was crushed out in an instant. His body and one side of his head were terribly crushed and death, according to the physicians who were called, was instantaneous.

Bird hunter loses leg

Dr. Louis S. Hartman of Syracuse was the victim of a very serious accident at Indian Lake July 3, 1912 when a shotgun, which he was carrying while in pursuit of a hawk, dropped to the ground and discharged. The charge of shot entered his left foot and he was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Montreal where it was necessary to amputate the leg just below the knee.

Two doctors, who were occupying nearby Mountain View cottage, removed the pieces of leather and cloth which had been driven into the wound.

Wrong place, wrong time

Ernest La Clair of Indian Lake was instantly killed by a bolt of lightning Saturday, July 6, 1912, during a heavy thunderstorm at Raquette Lake. La Clair was employed in a sawmill on the Marion River Carry. With a number of others employed he had been engaged about the mill until the storm broke and the machinery shut down.

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

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