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Landed on his feet

Clarence Porter, John G. Hunt’s plumber, while repairing the roof of John Duggan’s house on Lower Elm St. on July 21, 1913, stepped on the end of a loose plank on the scaffold on which he was working and was precipitated to the ground about 15 feet below. Porter’s agility enabled him to make a quick turn while falling and he landed on his feet. Though he was considerably jarred, the only injury he sustained was a tear in his overalls. (Note: John G. Hunt’s hardware store was in the north end of today’s Marco Polo’s pizza shop. John Duggan’s house is known today as the Grant Eldridge house, across the street from Riverside Gallery.)

Death in the news

A two-year old child of Clarence Burch of Bolton Landing was brought to South Horicon at night to be buried in the local cemetery. The mother died about three weeks ago and this is her second child to die. All were victims of diphtheria and have been buried here.

In other news, Mrs. William Frasier of North Bolton, the daughter of Jacob Norton, died of measles. She leaves a husband and two young children.

John Alexander Crane, 24, formerly of Troy, but for the past seven years a resident of Wevertown, died June 21, 1913 at Saranac Lake after several months illness of tuberculosis. Burial was in the Bates Cemetery.

Mrs. Elizabeth A. Worden, 69, died at her home in the town of Caldwell, about one mile north of the village of Lake George. She is survived by four sons.

Mrs. Urban Hitchcock, 29, died July 7, 1913 at the Utica State Hospital after a long illness. She is survived by a son and a daughter. George Hitchcock and C.J. Wakely went to Bakers Mills to attend the funeral of their niece which took place July 9, 1913. Internment was in the Hack Cemetery, Johnsburgh.

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

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