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100 Years Ago - March 1913

Hague man’s awful fate

Death after many hours of awful suffering befell Herman Fish of Hague on Monday March 3, 1913 as the result of an accident which occurred Saturday night in a lonely spot on the road between Hague and Ticonderoga. Mr. Fish drove his sleigh to Ticonderoga in the afternoon to purchase supplies and was on his way home in the evening when he drove too near the edge of a steep embankment and the cutter toppled over, carrying man and horse with it. He was thrown from the sleigh and his neck was broken by the fall. He was rendered unconscious and remained in that condition for hours.

About dawn he revived but was powerless to move or raise his voice.

Nearby and tightly wedged between the earthen bank and a large tree was the horse, all but exhausted by its frantic struggles to free itself. For several hours the helpless man suffered terrible agony of mind and body, waiting and praying for someone to come to his rescue. After a time he again lapsed into unconsciousness and he was thus found about 10 o’clock Sunday morning by a man driving over the road whose attention was attracted by the heart-rending moans of the imprisoned horse.

Help was procured and the injured man was taken to his home. His face, hands and clothing were covered by a heavy coating of frost and both of his feet were frozen. His body was paralyzed from the neck down by the injury to his spinal column. Dr. Cummius of Ticonderoga was summoned but there was little he could do for the doomed man. About midnight Mr. Fish regained consciousness and was able to converse with members of his family, all of which he recognized. Only his remarkable vitality sustained him until death finally ended his suffering.

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

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