Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - November 1912

Fatal shooting accident

Kenneth Austin, a 12 year old Igerna lad, was fatally wounded in a hunting accident near that place on election day and died at 12 o’clock that night at the home of his father, Benjamin Austin, on the state road between North Creek and Minerva, opposite the McLaughlin schoolhouse.

The boy and his older brother, John, left their home immediately after dinner, each armed with a rifle, to go over near the foot of the mountain back of their home for a few hours of hunting. Both were familiar with the use of guns and were considered careful, reliable boys.

About 2 o’clock Kenneth’s rifle was in some way accidentally discharged and the ball struck him in the forehead and passed through the top of the skull. Though the wound was apparently not very deep, the bullet touched the brain in it’s passage. The boy was carried home by his brother and Dr. Fuller of North Creek and Dr. Breen of Olmstedville, who were hastily summoned. After examining the wound they gave no hope of recovery. Kenneth never regained consciousness and passed away eight hours after the accident occurred.

The boy was the youngest of three sons. His father and older brother, Howard Austin, were at the polling place in Pottersville when they were hastily summoned home after the accident occurred. Although the day was very rainy, there was a large attendance at the boy’s funeral. He was buried in the cemetery next to the Methodist Episcopal Church in Igerna.

Accident or suicide

Myron W. Farlin, son of the late Whitney Farlin of Chicago, a native of Warrensburgh, was found dead at his residence on Lake Shore Drive on Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, 1912, shot through the right temple. His revolver was beside him with one cartridge exploded. No doubt is expressed the Mr. Farlin, an invalid during most of his 38 years of life, shot himself. The police believe the shooting was intentional due to melancholy over his long illness.

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

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