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In sharp contrast, it was just 25 years ago that the big blizzard of 1888, the greatest storm to ever hit this area, commenced. It began March 11 and continued for three days, leaving four feet of snow on the ground and mountainous drifts, some of which buried fences and were not completely melted the following August. (Note: In March 1804 a three-day storm nearly as bad left drifts 10 feet high.)

Thurman teamster injured

George Dow, a teamster employed by Watson Everts, had four ribs broken and sustained internal injuries in a recent accident when he was caught between logs and a tree. He was driving a heavy load of logs on a wagon from the Alvin Harris place in Athol to the Hudson River. Reaching an icy place where the road inclined toward a sloping bank, he whipped up the horses and succeeded in getting the front wheels over the dangerous place, but the rear wheels slewed and carried the wagon over the bank.

The load tipped over and Dow was pinned between the heavy logs and a tree. His employer, Mr. Everts, who was nearby, went to his assistance and removed the logs from the unconscious man. Dow was carried to the home of Thomas Coyle, the nearest residence, where he was attended by Dr. J.M. Griffin. One of the man’s ribs was torn from his backbone and the other was broken in two places and he was also injured internally. If nothing else develops, however, he will probably recover.

Mystery drowning

William Petteys, 55, a former resident of Warrensburgh, drowned in the Hudson River and his body was found some time later near New Baltimore. In a pocket of the dead man’s coat were two letters, one was addressed to Jabez Waddell of Johnsburgh. Mr. Waddell was notified and his son, Delbert Waddell went to New Baltimore and viewed the body. By means of a scar on the forehead and a missing eye as well as general appearance, the badly decomposed body which had been in the water for several weeks was positively identified as Petteys, who was well known to the Waddell family. Just how he got in the water is a mystery which cannot be solved.

He lived in Warrensburgh about 10 or 12 years ago and was employed in the Shirt Factory. He made his home here with his late sister, Mrs. L.N. Beach. Petteys married Hattie Morrison of Hamilton County and they had two children, Willie and Mabel Petteys. Waddell has been unable to locate the family.

(Note: In 1615 Friar Elstow, when threatened with drowning by King Henry V111, said “With thanks to God we know the way to heaven, to be as ready by water as by land, and therefore we care not which way we go.”

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

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