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100 Years Ago - June-July, 1913

Madness attack prompts death

Mrs. Truman Waters of Chestertown, at 11 o’clock a.m. July 2, 1913, while temperately insane, shot herself three times with a 38-calibre revolver inflicting wounds which caused her death at 7 o’clock the next morning in Glens Falls Hospital, where she was taken after the shooting.

Mrs. Waters was alone in her apartment over the I.L. Prouty grain store and her husband was in the store below when the shooting occurred. Of the three shots fired one entered the body just below the heart, the second penetrated the abdomen and the third lodged in one of the woman’s arms.

Mr. Waters, who is just recovering from a long and severe illness, had been gone from the rooms only a short time when he heard the shots. Rushing up stairs he found his wife lying in a pool of blood on the bedroom floor. She was still conscious and was suffering severely from the pain of her wounds. Dr. E.L. Stafford and Dr. George Bibby came to her aid and she was taken to the hospital in Frank Parker’s automobile stage.

Mrs. Waters, 45, has for a number of years been afflicted with periodical attacks of insanity. There has been several suicides in her family, her grandmother having drowned herself and an uncle ending his life by cutting his throat. About three years ago Mrs. Waters left her home at about 9 p.m. and after an all-night search by her husband and many citizens of Chestertown, was found near French Mountain, having walked the entire distance. She is only survived by her husband, having had no children.

Joy over catch nearly kills doctor

Dr. George Vanderpool, an Albany dentist, experienced a narrow escape from being drowned in Lake George near Elizabeth Island in Kattskill Bay, when he plunged his foot through the bottom of his rowboat in the excitement of hauling a large pickerel into the craft.

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

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