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100 Years Ago - July 1913

Tire bursts, girl killed

In an automobile accident which occurred about 2 o’clock p.m. July 12, 1913 near the George Foster Peabody residence on the Bolton Road, Gertrude Mordecai, 19, of Charleston, S.C. was fatally injured. Cornelia Mordecai, 16, her sister, and chauffeur Owen Starr were painfully injured and Mrs. T.M. Mordecai, mother of the girls, Hanna Folk, a guest and Henry Schermerhorn narrowly escaped being hurled to their death.

At the time of the accident the Mordecai machine was headed toward Bolton. In turning out for an approaching car a tire burst and without a moment’s warning the machine crashed into a tree, throwing the occupants with terrific force to the ground. Gertrude Mordecai was rendered unconscious and bleeding profusely. She was picked up and placed in an automobile driven by Royal Peabody, who with all possible haste hurried to the Glens Falls Hospital, but on the way death overtook the young woman. Her skull had been fractured and the brain lacerated.

Miss Folk sustained a broken arm. The party had been in Glens Falls on a shopping tour and was homeward bound at the time of the accident. The chauffeur was in no way at fault as he did his best to avoid crashing into the tree.

The Mordecai family had been in Lake George for about eight weeks and were staying at the James W. Lockhart cottage until the time when their new home on the Bolton Road could be completed. Mr. Mordecai is a prominent Charleston attorney.

Boy drowns in canal

Harold Baker of Glens Falls said good-night to a friend at a restaurant in that city at 2:30 o’clock Sunday morning and that was the last ever seen of him alive. At 11 a.m. the same day his body was found in the canal.

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

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