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Horrible railway death

Glens Falls Ward 1 Supervisor Frank J. Kelleher, 57, was struck and instantly killed at noon on May 25, 1912, by a southbound passenger train near the East Hunter street crossing in that city.

At the time of the accident, Kelleher was returning from upper Ridge St. and was walking on the railroad tracks to take a short-cut home. When he got near the crossing, he started to cross the track. He did not see the approaching train and being somewhat deaf he did not hear it. He was struck and thrown 13 feet only to be picked up again and hurled against the boundary fence, striking with terrific force and dropping lifeless to the ground.

There were but two eyewitnesses to the tragedy, but many people who were in the vicinity rushed to the man’s aid. Coroner Birdsall searched the man’s pockets to identify the body. The remains were removed to the undertaking rooms of Singleton & Sullivan and later to the home of the deceased.

Kelleher was serving his second term as supervisor and was very popular and energetic. He is survived by five daughters. The funeral was largely attended.

Horse thief nabbed

Alfred Page, a Luzerne youth, was arrested by Undersheriff Mac R. Smith at Lake George on a charge of stealing a horse, watch and suit of clothes from A. Johnson of his hometown. He was taken to Luzerne and arraigned before Justice Pulver, who sentenced him to three months in the Albany penitentiary.

Battling over dirt

One of the 70 cases for the 1912 spring term in Supreme Court here is the case of Mayor W. Irving Griffing of Glens Falls against Fred Bellen and Rachael Ginsburg, owners of the Park Theatre in the city. The plaintiff desires to compel the defendants to move the west wall of their building on the grounds that it is 2 feet on his right-of-way.

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

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