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The black stallion pacer, Frank A., owned by Charles Baker, was driven by his son, “Dick” Baker, whose horse was lame, but in the second heat “Dick” sailed in and took three straight, winning the race. The boy is only 19 years old and showed great skill in handling his horse. He has been in town all summer training his father’s horses on the Warrensburgh track and has made many friends who rejoiced at his victory.

The ox race concluded the racing program and was an exciting and amusing event. Competing locally were Silas Bennett and Horton Cooper. Bennett’s oxen were driven by Wilbert Monroe and in the race Cooper’s yoke struck him, knocking him to the track and trampling on him. When Monroe managed to get to his feet he was minus one trouser leg which was trailing behind and his yoke was awaiting him several hundred feet ahead. He again took up the chase and finished in third place. Cooper’s yoke, driven by Forest Young, took first place.

The Warren County Fair of 1912 was undoubtedly the big winner of all time and will be remembered for many years to come.

(Note: Charlie Baker was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Bakers Mills.” Actually, in 1912, he was supervisor of Thurman. He was also a rough, tough constable who was famous for his criminal chases through this area and against all odds, he always got his man. He was described as “one of the squarest and cleanest trotting horse race promoters in the Adirondacks.” — He was indeed a remarkable man.)

Lake George waters claim victim

Walter Smith, 25, a chef employed at the Lake View House in Bolton, drowned in Lake George at about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 1912.

The incident occurred while Smith was paddling a canoe in Bolton Bay, between the Lake View House and the Algonquin Hotel. Smith’s body was recovered shortly after the accident.

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

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