Monday, July 16, 1917
An Albany woman drowns in Ballston Lake this afternoon, on the first day of her two-week vacation, The Saratogian reports.
Martha Rohrmiller of 561 Clinton Avenue arrives on the lake this morning with her sister Josephine to join friends in a camping party. “The young woman had entered the water and was swimming from shore when she was seized with an attack of cramps and without a struggle or cry sunk to the bottom,” a local reporter writes.
Even though two hours pass before Rohrmiller is recovered from the lake, a local doctor “worked over the body for some time, but with no avail.”
Captain Ranulf Compton, who commanded Saratoga County’s National Guard troops during their border-patrol duty in Texas last year, is taking command of a company in an all-black regiment this summer.
Compton previously commanded Company L of the Second New York Infantry regiment. He had applied for retirement before the U.S. declaration of war against Germany last April. Since the outbreak of war he’s been performing reserve duty as a local recruiting officer for the Fifteenth Infantry regiment.
Nine Saratoga Springs men have enlisted in the Fifteenth. They left the city last Saturday for the regiment’s mobilization camp near Poughkeepsie. Compton will join them shortly as commander of Company C, having returned to active duty. The Fifteenth will later become the 369th Infantry, better known to history by their nickname, the “Harlem Hellfighters.”
Sixteen local reservists who served under Compton with Company L in Texas…
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