Turning Back the Pages

(Note…Dwight Purvee’s first wife was Alice McKinstry, who was 30 years old when she died Sept. 7, 1909. His second wife, Marion Wells, had a sister, Marjorie and two others, who married Frank Vaughn and Fletcher Ford. Her brother, Elwin Wells, 23, later died in New Jersey of pleura-pneumonia while serving in World War I.)

Noisy trolley, skittish horse

In the case of Stephen R. Waters against the Hudson Valley Railway Co., the jury brought in a verdict of no cause of action. The plaintiff alleged that a horse he was driving became so frightened at a trolley car that he was thrown from his wagon, his wagon was partly destroyed and one of his legs was broken. He further alleged that he held up his hand for the car to stop but that the motorman plainly ignored his sign and continued on until the car had passed and the damage was done.

Mother Nature gone haywire

The thermometer registered 82 degrees above zero on May 4, 1912 and the heat was oppressive. On June 5, 1912 the atmosphere was shivery and fires were necessary for comfort indoors. During the week following we have experienced extremes of weather, everything having frozen — Ice formed in some places as thick as glass.

This has been a bad season for road work. Frequent rains have made it difficult to work dirt roads and the unusual volume of travel has severely cut up the road beds.

Sweet and sour notes

While shoeing a horse, Charles Morehouse of Sodom was kicked on his right hand which was badly injured.

Master Ellis Jones of East Thurman lost a very fine sheep when it was killed by a Delaware & Hudson train.

While working for William Ingraham, Truman Monroe split the middle toe of his left foot the whole length.

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

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