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100 Years Ago - July 1913

Soaking wet local politician

Lake George Supervisor Edwin J. Worden experienced a harrowing experience ending early on July 7, 1913, when for five hours he was tossed about on the surface of Lake George in a small motor boat at the complete mercy of the waves in a terrific wind storm.

Worden went out on the lake shortly after 9 o’clock Sunday night, taking a number of men to the east shore to fight the fire which raged on the mountains there. After passing more than an hour at that location he started to return to the village to summon more men. When he reached a point near the center of the lake, the gasoline tank ran dry and he was left stranded without an oar.

The high wind quickly turned his boat about so that it lay in the trough of the waves, the water dashing high over the sides of the boat soaking its interior and the clothes of its occupant. In desperation he tore up a part of the flooring of the boat in an unsuccessful endeavor to paddle to shore.

In trying to establish communication with their supervisor at the Hotel Worden, terror-stricken residents were told that he had left the east side of the lake hours before and had never reached the hotel. Genuine alarm was felt for his safety and a search was started for him but the search party was at least a mile above where the supervisor’s boat was floating its way toward the shore.

Meanwhile Mr. Worden wrapped himself in a blanket and braved the elements in one end of the boat until daylight when he found himself about 100 feet from shore near Menzies Point. His boat was hurled onto the shore but with the aid of the piece of wood he had ripped from the bottom of the boat, he managed to prevent the vessel from dashing on the rocks. He alighted on the shore and hurrying to the Menzies cottage, borrowed a quantity of gasoline and embarked on his homeward journey arriving at his hotel in less than an hour.

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

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