Turning Back the Pages

Besides the two Worden boats, the Fort William Henry Hotel had, despite the thin ice, two other fast boats on the lake that day in readiness for the Feb.18, 1913 races. (Note: Edwin J. Worden was supervisor of Lake George from 1910 to 1917. He was a remarkable man who well earned a secure place in Lake George history.)

Change in the weather

The morning of Feb. 10, 1913, the mercury dropped to 14 degrees below zero to become the coldest morning of the season. This cold snap which struck old Mother Earth so suddenly after a prolonged season of comparatively warm weather, caused the old dame to shiver and produce an earthquake in this locality at about 11 o’clock in the morning. The disturbance lasted only a few seconds, but was quite severe. In Third Street at “The Big Turn,” a crack about an inch wide and several hundred feet long opened in the ground there.

Three days later, Feb. 13, 1913, there were three more shocks, two of which made houses rock and frightened many people who awakened from a sound sleep and said it sounded like the dull rumble of a distant cannon, followed by a terrifying tremor of the earth. The first two shocks made things jingle but the third was light.

No snow yet

We are well into February, 1913 and there is no snow this winter worth mentioning as of yet. Woodsmen and guides say that the deer have never wintered so well in the Adirondacks as they have wintered this year because there has been so little snow.

The animals have not yet “yarded” which is as unusual as the season has been. The deer have been able to travel around the woods at will and they have all that they care to eat. Deer come together in yards when the snow gets deep.

Contact Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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