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•100 years ago - Sept. 1913•

Bloody death in Johnsburgh

Death from shock and loss of blood caused by a gunshot wound sustained in an accident at a camp at Thirteenth Lake, in the Town of Johnsburgh, was the sad faith of Frank Spaulding, 15 years old, whose home was at Silver Bay, Lake George, but who was staying at the camp with his brother, Myron Spaulding, 24, who is employed at the Garnet Mines at North River. Death overtook the lad shortly after midnight, Sept. 2, 1913, about three hours after the accident occurred, while he was being rushed in an automobile to Glens Falls Hospital, where it was hoped that something could be done to save his life. The end came when the machine was near the entrance to the Fort William Henry Hotel grounds on the state road in Lake George.

Young Spaulding, received the fatal wound from a shotgun when it was allegedly accidentally knocked from a table at the camp. The jar supposedly caused the shell to explode and the full charge lodged in the boy’s left leg just below the knee, tearing away the flesh from the calf and nearly severing his leg.

An automobile owned by Claude Pereau of North Creek was pressed into service and Dr. William R. Lee, accompanied by Dr. Lee Somerville of North Creek rode with the boy in the automobile after they had dressed the terrible wound. The machine was driven at the highest speed possible without endangering the life of the patient but his strength slowly gave out until they reached Lake George where he breathed his last breath.

After the boy’s death the automobile was turned around and the body was taken to J.A. Woodward’s undertaking rooms in Warrensburgh where it was prepared for burial and then it was taken to the home of his father, Frank Spaulding at Silver Bay.

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

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