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One Hundred Years Ago – July, 1914

Boy survives accident, dies from treatment

J. Howard Byrnes, 22, the young telegraph operator of North Creek, who was injured in a motor cycle accident on the state road near that place on June 14, 1914, died Sunday night, June 21, 1914 in Saratoga Hospital, where he was taken on a special train immediately after the accident. His injuries, though very serious, were not necessarily fatal and death was caused by pneumonia resulting from the effects of ether. Had the young man lived, he would have been a cripple.

The motorcycle was owned and driven by station agent Mr. Ochs and at the time of the accident Byrnes was riding on the rear seat. Ochs turned out to pass a heavy motor truck loaded with iron ore and he did not clear it. When the crash came Byrnes was thrown under the wheels of the truck which ran over his right leg, splitting the bone from the knee to the hip and his back was injured. Ochs went over the handle bars and sustained severe injuries.

The deceased was a son of the late James Byrnes, of Thurman, and he was related to the Camerons and other prominent families of the town. His father died when he was a young boy leaving him with his mother, Mrs. Sarah Byrnes. Gifted with a happy disposition and industrious habits, he was a great comfort and help to his widowed mother. He had been married for four years and is survived by his widow, the former Miss Marjorie Smith of Chestertown. Mrs. Byrnes lived with the happy couple and their home was a heaven of happiness.

The funeral was held from the home of Byrnes’ uncle, William Walsh, in Thurman.

Dark night, no light, much plight

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