100 years ago in The Saratogian: July 14 – New York News

Saturday, July 14, 1917

A Saratoga Springs man is “suffering greatly from shock” after getting thrown from a braking trolley car tonight, The Saratogian reports.

Henry F. Forthmiller is resting at his Caroline Street home after being treated by Hudson Valley Railway physician Dr. R. H. McCarty. Forthmiller was knocked unconscious for an hour by the accident, and has been “in a dazed and half-conscious condition” since then.

The accident takes place “but a block or two distant” from his home, near the Fifth Avenue crossing on East Avenue. “The accident happened so quickly that witnesses are at a loss to explain all the details,” a reporter writes.

“Mr. Forthmiller asked the conductor to stop at Caroline street, and that when the car passed that street without stopping, he stood up to attract the attention of the conductor, who was then in the front of the car.


“The conductor gave a signal to the motorman and the car came to a stop, but it was while the car was slowing down that Mr. Forthmiller pitched out on his head, the sudden change in momentum probably causing him to lose his balance.”

Many streetcar companies operate “open cars” without windows during the summer so passengers can enjoy the breeze as they travel.


A child custody hearing in the City Hall courtroom ends with a former Corinth woman fainting after the judge rules against her.

“The case presents many unusual and some pathetic circumstances,” The Saratogian reports. Annie Johnson’s estranged husband, Irving U. Johnson,…

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