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•100 years ago - August 1913•

Drama at the Warren County Fair

Driving his four-passenger Ford automobile the evening of Sept. 2, 1913 at an estimated speed of 8 miles an hour on the crowded midway of the Warren County Fairgrounds at Warrensburgh, Wesley Wing of Hudson Falls ran over Noah Squires, 6, a gypsy lad. Without stopping to ascertain the extent of the boy’s injuries, who was left lying unconscious on the ground, Wesley Wing made his escape. He was pursued by special officer William J. Hackett of Glens Falls and others and captured near the entrance of the fairgrounds where he was halted by the gate tenders.

The boy had both bones of his left leg broken just above the ankle. He was taken to the office of Dr. J.E. Goodman. After remaining in the gypsy tent on the fairgrounds overnight, he was taken to Glens Falls Hospital.

The lad is the grandson of Belcher Squires of Hartford, Conn., who has a string of trotting horses while his gypsy band conducts several fortune-telling booths. The youngster was playing with his dog on the midway when he was run down by the machine. This was his second experience of this kind this year, he having been badly injured in a similar accident in Hartford last winter.

Wing furnished bail of $500 to appear to await the action of the Grand Jury. He said that the boy ran in front of his machine and he could not avoid hitting him.

Deaths in the news

Mrs. Mary Reidy died at her home in South Glens Falls where she had resided for 63 years. She was born in Tipperary, Ireland. She is survived by two sons, Andrew and Myron Reidy of Warrensburgh and three daughters, 15 grand-children and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Glens Falls.

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

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