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•100 Years Ago - May 1913•

Trolley kills highway worker

Francesco Locasco, 40, an Italian employed by the Shaughnessy Construction Co. on the Lake George-Warrensburgh state road work, was struck and instantly killed by a southbound Hudson Valley trolley car on Friday morning, just south of the summit. The car, which left at 8 a.m.. was in charge of Charles Braydon, motorman and John F. Loughlin, conductor.

The man stepped out from the bushes with a pail in his hand and was evidently going to work for the day. He stepped on to the track and the whistle with prolonged shrieks failed to attract the man’s attention. The corner of the car struck his shoulder and a sign struck him in the head. He was hurled to one side and his dead body fell into the bushes.

The coroner found a large sum of money and other valuables in the clothing of the dead man. The body, considerably mangled, was identified by his brother-in-law who was also working on the road job. Locasco had been in America for about 12 years and leaves a large family behind.

Town all shook up

Throughout northern New York, at 7:30 p.m. April 29, 1913, there was felt the heaviest earthquake experienced in this area in upwards of 20 years. The duration was estimated at from 10 to 30 seconds. In Warrensburgh the shock was terrifying while it lasted and it was all over in about 20 seconds. The tremor was sufficient to cause houses to rock and dishes to rattle in the most alarming way. In Montreal the entire city was startled by the rocking of buildings.

This is the third quake felt here in less than three months. On Feb. 11, 1913, a crack about an inch wide was opened in the ground which extended several hundred feet on Third St. in Warrensburgh.

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

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