Terrible accident in Saranac Lake, 1907

Local and family history is preserved in the obituaries. Much of that history was saved by Ralph Kelly in a scrapbook resting in the archives of the Adirondack Research Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

The following headline from the Enterprise tells the story about the death of Harriet Kelly on June 18, 1907.

“Harriet Kelly, aged 60 years, the wife of L. Kelly, outside manager at the Trudeau Sanitarium since its opening in 1885, was instantly killed when struck by a D. & H. (Delaware & Hudson) engine at the upper end of the Union Station in this village Tuesday morning.

“Mrs. Kelly was walking alongside the track, close to the rail. She was quite deaf, which prevented her from hearing the approach of the train, and carried a parasol which prevented her from seeing it.

“The train which killed the woman was on the 11 o’clock run from Lake Placid, coming here to meet the 11:15 N.Y.C. train. It was in charge of Conductor Joseph Wilson of Plattsburgh and Engineer A. Fosburgh of Lake Placid.

“A heavy beam projecting from the side of the engine struck Mrs. Kelly in the head, causing a fracture at the base of the skull. Dr. Wicker, who was summoned, said that death had been instantaneous. An examination showed that her arm was severely bruised but no bones were broken. (It is strange that another piece of a clipping described the accident entirely different than the beam projecting from the engine; “she was struck by the projecting step of a car on a passing D. & H. train.”)

“Mrs. Kelly was on her way to visit her sister, Mrs. Leonard Dodge of Dorsey Street.

“Dr. Wicker telegraphed Dr. Oliver, the coroner at Malone, and he came here Tuesday afternoon to view the remains and hold an inquest. The body was removed to the undertaking rooms of A. Fortune where it was prepared for burial.

“Harriet Martha Rork was born at AuSable Forks on June 18, 1847. She came to Saranac Lake forty years ago and on June, 22, 1874 she was joined in marriage to Mr. L. Kelly. The marriage proved a happy one the couple being mutually loving and devoted. They occupied a very pretty home a short distance from the Sanitarium where Mr. Kelly worked.

Wife dies day after husband’s funeral

March 11, 1918

“Jay Kelly, 69 years old, died Saturday at his home near Pecks Corners. Had he lived until today he would have been seventy years of age.

“Mr. Kelly had long been a resident of Saranac Lake and was well known as a farmer and a good citizen. He was born in Sheldon, Vermont, March 14, 1846, and was the son of the late James H. Kelly who for many years resided at the Morgan farm on Sanatorium Road. He is survived by one son, Elmer and three daughters, Mrs. Daniel Duffin, Mrs. Hattie Perry and Miss Dora Kelly and two brothers, L. Kelly and D. Kelly.

“The funeral services were conducted from the home by the Rev. Mr. Cass, pastor of the Methodist Church. Interment was in the Moody Cemetery.

Mrs. Kelly dies

“Mrs. Flora Adele Kelly, 62 years old, died Wednesday morning at 7 o’clock, the day following the funeral of her husband, Jay Kelly. Death came from a combination of diseases and was directly due to heart trouble. The shock that attended her husband’s death is believed to have been one of the causes of her rapid sinking.

“Mrs. Kelly was the daughter of. Dr. F. L. Lyon, who practiced many years ago at Bloomingdale. [In addition to the survivors listed above she had a sister in Vermont and one brother, Elmer Lyon of Bloomingdale.]

“The pall bearers will be the same as those for her husband, who was buried on Tuesday; George LaBounty, Charles Greenough, Charles Wilkins, Wilbur Wood, Edward Smith and Robert Smith.