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Bad luck abounds in Chester

Miss Hattie Nelson of Starbuckville, Chestertown, met with a painful accident recently. She had been subject to fits since childhood and after going into one, fell on the kitchen stove burning the flesh on one hand to a crisp and inflicting frightful burns about her face and neck. She remains unconscious and little hope is given for her recovery.

Mrs. Eugene Murphy of Loon Lake, Chester is suffering from a sore throat, the results of swallowing a chicken bone which lodged in the passage and produced hard coughing spells. Four days later she went to the Glens Falls Hospital where x-ray photographs were taken but failed to locate the bone. She has received no relief.

Saintly Darrowsville mother dies

Eva Brown, 26, wife of Anson Butler, died at her home in Darrowsville. She was married four years ago and leaves her husband, two little daughters and an infant son, only two days old at the time of her death. She is also survived by her aged mother, Mrs. Lucy Brown, four sisters and two brothers, Albert and Fred Brown.

Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and when dying, assured her weeping relatives that she was going to her eternal home.

The funeral was held Jan. 16, 1913 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Darrowsville which was largely attended by many sorrowing friends and relatives and many flowers were received. (Note: I have sat on the hill at the top of the Darrowsville Cemetery on many a summer’s day and looked down at what is left of that wonderful old church with much nostalgia, thinking of all the weddings, funerals, and church socials that have taken place there over its many years. The remains of many the participants in these past dramas now lie in the cemetery resting hopefully in peace. †he church has a remarkable history, having been an anti-slavery outpost that nurtured a robust, active congregation of more than 200 members in the mid-1800s. The church’s congregation was renowned for its abolitionist activities — including offering welcoming shelter for African-Americans escaping slavery via the Underground Railroad, according to reports at the time. Although there was an effort in the late 1980s by Ralph Long and others to rehabilitate the Darrowsville Church, I have since seen the organ taken away, the bell tower collapse and today the roof lies flat on the ground. There are so many untold and forgotten stories there that are forever lost.)

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

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