HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Feb. 23, 1934

Frozen faces

Frozen faces caused the postponement of the North American two-man bobsled races on the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobrun Tuesday afternoon.

Five of the six drivers who entered and completed the trial heats were badly frostbitten after the one run. Stinging snow clinging to their faces and bodies in a whirling blizzard at a temperature of 12 below zero gave the bobsledders the appearance of snowmen. With the large flakes blowing in their faces, their goggles were completely fogged and the drivers entrusted themselves to the element of luck in the hope that the sleds would follow the trough and not go over the sides into space.

Raymond Stevens, who was piloting the Sno Birds’ sled, proceeded as far as Whiteface curve a half mile down the track when he called to his brakeman, Crawford Merkel, to stop the sled.

Female bobsledders

Women will enter the bobsledding field of sport when Miss Marian Clark of Baltimore will pilot a sled down the Mount Van Hoevenberg slide from Whiteface curve on Saturday morning in the Adirondack Association A.A.U. two-man race. Miss Jean Wyer of Washington, D.C. will ride with her and will operate the brake.

Muskrat surprise

The usual quiet pervading the ice fishing colony north of Port Henry on Lake Champlain was enlivened by the coming of an unannounced visitor from the watery depths below a fish house where a woman was intently occupied in the gentle sport of pulling an occasional fish from a 20-inch hole cut through the ice, 20 rods from the western shore of the lake.

First, a splash in the water attracted her attention, followed by a large, lustrous pair of black eyes and a mop of dark hair, parted as a head appeared from below. She gave a scream of terror, which brought neighboring fishermen in a hurry.

They found a large muskrat quietly making a meal on some apples lying about, and he soon vanished back through the ice hole.

Log jam injury

The condition of Clement Robillard, 43, of Conifer, who was rushed to Mercy General Hospital at Tupper Lake suffering from a compound fracture of the left leg and exposure following an accident that occurred while he was at work for the Emporium Forestry company, is reported slightly improved, although still serious.

While loosening a log jam at the Emporium Forestry company mill, Robillard was knocked into the water of the mill pond. After several minutes, Albert Soulia, mill employee, saw him struggling feebly. He immediately jumped into the pond and pushed Robillard’s body over a log boom. As the temperature was 30 degrees below zero at the time of the accident, Robillard’s face and feet froze while aid was being summoned.

Robillard is foreman of the crew of men who skid the logs from the cars into the pond. At the time of the accident, he was on top of the logs on the flat car trying to loosen the jam.


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