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Train nearly plunges downhill

One of the large drive wheels of the engine drawing the afternoon train out of Lake George on Friday March 7, 1913 broke from the axle and rolled down a 60-foot embankment just north of Glen Lake. The only thing that saved the train from going over the embankment was that the engine was able to remain on the tracks owing to the fact that the damaged part was on the uphill side of the grade, otherwise the engine and cars containing several passengers would have been a mass of wreckage. The private car of Vice President and General Manager C.S. Sims was attached to the train.

Sailing for Jamaica

Mr. and Mrs. “Jack” Twaddle of Malone, formerly of Warrensburgh, sailed from New York City on Feb.27, 1913 for Kingston, Jamaica for a short sojourn there and then will go to the Isthmus of Panama to look over the big canal job underway. They will then take a ship to Cuba and will return to New York on April 2, 1913.

Jack Twaddle was superintendent of the Warrensburgh Woolen Company’s pants factory and he is now engaged in the heating and plumbing business in Malone.

(Note: My late mother-in-law, Ida Hadden came to Warrensburgh from Massena in 1901 as a young girl to work in the pants factory on Milton Avenue at the invitation of recruiter John Botham Twaddle. A handsome man, she said all the girls she worked with used to vie for his attention. “Jack,” born in 1866 at Chateaugay, started his career as a clerk in a department store in Chazy. He came from Malone in 1900, where he had been an executive in the J.O. Ballard & Co. factory, to work in Warrensburgh. In his first year in the pants factory, about 20 operators were employed with an output of 60 pairs of trousers a day and under his supervision by 1905, fifty operators completed 250 pairs of trousers a day. He was married in 1891 to Laura Andrews and they had no children.)

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

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