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Front page news, Saranac Lake — 1915

May 26, 2012
By HOWARD RILEY (hjriley@adelphia.net) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

It is one thing to read history in the history books but very different when one reads history as written in a newspaper on the day that the event occurred and probably much more accurate.

So back to those historical treasures left in a scrapbook by E. L. Gray of Saranac Lakehundreds of newspaper clipping in a tomb of a scrapbook kept in a secret safe at the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library by Curator Michelle Tucker.

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The death of Dr. Trudeau

The following anonymous story was published in the Enterprise when Dr. Trudeau died:

"Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau died at 11:40 a.m., Monday, Nov. 15. [1915] His last words were a message of 'Good bye to all.' At the last he went to sleep quietly.

"In April, 1912 Dr. Trudeau had his lung collapsed and he was greatly improved by the operation. He was in excellent health up to the first of September, considering the disability of his old disease and his increasing age. He was 67 years of age in October. He apparently had an attack of pneumonia while at Paul Smiths. It was sudden and of very severe nature and lasted a fortnight. He grew somewhat better and was removed to his residence at Saranac Lake about the first of October.

"He was still very weak and showed little recuperative powers. The change was of benefit and Dr. Trudeau seemed to improve, however, for a week, and the disease in his lung did not apparently break out again or spread at all.

"The severity of the first illness, however, was so great that he seemed not to rally from it. In fact he felt from the first that he never would [rally] and constantly dwelt of that fact. Since the first of November there was a very marked decline in his strength and for the last week was absolutely helpless. Death was caused by exhaustion and extreme weakness. The distress of the last few days was considerable, but the end was very peaceful."

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Famous guide Henry Martin dies

(His sister Lydia was married to Paul Smith)

Mr. Martin died on Oct. 30, only a few days preceding the death of Dr. Trudeau. The page one obituary said Martin was one of the strongest men of the many able men of the woods and in his early days was one of the best rivermen in the Adirondack country - "he knew every eddy and undercurrent of the streams which floated logs in the drive."

"Henry Martin, 76, for more than a quarter of a century a guide and a caretaker of property for the Vanderbilt family, and whom a New York sportsman once backed to ride a log across the East River in New York City, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Herbert Dyer, in the Town of Brighton, after an extended illness."

"More excerpts from the Enterprise:

"His fame as a riverman attracted the attention of a New York sportsman and at a gathering in the Union League Club he said he knew a man who could ride a log across the East River. 'I'll bet you a thousand dollars, there isn't an Adirondack or any other guide who can ride a log across the East River', declared a member of the party."

"Henry was communicated with and accepted the challenge. He picked out a log that suited him and took it to New York with him. When the time came for the exhibition, the men who thought Henry could not do the trick, agreed that it could be and the matter was fixed up to the satisfaction of everybody.

"Henry Martin was perhaps the first guide that Theodore Roosevelt ever had. When the former President was a boy he went to the Adirondacks and with a tutor went into camp. Henry Martin was the guide. It is said that Roosevelt, the boy, spent more time and had better fun with the guide than he did with the tutor."

[It was Henry's brother, Fred, also a guide, who carried Dr. Trudeau up to his room at Paul Smith's Hotel and famously said: "Why doctor you don't weigh no more than a dried limb skin."]

 
 

 

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