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100 Years Ago - June 1913

Boy evades trampling

Riding down Warrensburgh’s Main Street on his bicycle at a rapid gate and looking backward over his shoulder, John Straight, 8, shot directly between Fred Raymond’s team of spirited horses standing in front of McGann’s Store. The horses did not take kindly to the intrusion and began dancing frantically, their steel-shod hoofs making a tattoo on the brick pavement that sounded like a bunch of firecrackers going off, which many people believed was the cause of the racket.

With the horses dancing over him and all around him it may be considered to be a miracle that the boy was not killed, but he fortunately escaped the feet of the animals and the wagon passed over him without touching him. He came out of the mix-up with only a small cut on his face by the side of his left eye and a few bumps on his head. He was taken to his nearby home where Dr. Griffin attended and patched him up. John’s bicycle was smashed to atoms.

Mr. Raymond was sitting in his wagon when the collision occurred and had the reins in his hands. With considerable difficulty he brought the frightened horses under control and stopped them near Hammond’s Drug Store. (Note: John Straight lived in the “Wills Block,“ the stone house just north of the Merrill-Magee House and he later went on, as I recall, to owning the town taxi service. Hammond’s store was directly across Main St. from today’s Marco Polo’s Pizza.)

Male suffragette commits suicide

A determined male suffragette, waving a flag of suffragette colors and brandishing a revolver, committed suicide by flinging himself in front of August Belmont’s four- year-old horse Tracery during the race at Ascot, England for the valuable Ascot Gold Cup and deprived the American sportsman a good chance of capturing the trophy. The man was trampled to death on the spot but the horse and rider, who both fell to the ground, were unscathed.

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

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