Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - December 1912

Same name, probably no connection

Mrs. Lizzie Blow of 24 Third St., Glens Falls, lies in the hospital in that city suffering from six knife wounds in her shoulders and one in the back of her head, inflicted by her husband, George Blow, after a quarrel they had on Monday night, Dec. 30, 1912, near the intersection of South and First Streets.

Mrs. Blow remonstrated with her husband for whipping their 18-year-old daughter, Mabel and Blow became so enraged that he seized her by the collar and plunged the knife into her shoulders six times. She screamed for help and he threatened to cut her throat if she did not keep still.

Driven by desperate fear, the woman managed to break away from her husband and ran screaming across the street in the direction of the business section of the city. Faint and bleeding, the injured woman staggered inside a nearby house and told the startled occupants what had occurred and the police and Dr. Floyd Palmer were notified. After the physician had dressed the woman’s wounds, she was taken to the Glens Falls Hospital.

Chief of Police Fred C. Jenkins was notified and he summoned all of the officers of the force on duty and sent them out in different directions to search for Blow. The man was arrested three hours later at the home of his mother in Fort Edward. When questioned by the police, he denied all knowledge of the crime.

It is expected that the wounded woman’s condition will definitely be known in the next few days after which Blow will be arraigned either on the charge of assault in the first degree or that of murder.

The Blows have been married about 21 years but they have not lived together for many years until six months ago. The father is alleged to have whipped the daughter frequently and a week ago Mrs. Blow refused to allow him in the house for that reason. Monday he visited the house when she was absent and whipped the girl yet again and the mother strongly objected when he told her about it when they met in the street. The assailant is now in city jail. (Note…The name on the villain in this tale is not “Blow.” He actually bore the exact same name, first and last, as a highly respectable, well-known local gentleman of my acquaintance, living here now, who, I have no doubt, has absolutely no connection in his family tree with this miserable wretch. In order to not embarrass him, I fictionalized the name.)

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

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