Altamont Enterprise August 15, 1919 


Lawson’s Lake, N. Y. 

Altamont Enterprise: The correction under the Lawson’s Lake items last week is absolutely without foundation. I think I am of age, and can manage my own affairs without any assistance from any one. Please make room for this in your columns. — ASA B. GOLDEN 

[A reminder of the item that started it all, on Aug. 1:] 

“Mrs Bertha Blessing announces her engagement to Private Asa B. Golden, who has just arrived from France. The wedding will take place in the early fall. Both are well known in the surrounding vicinity, and have many friends, all of whom wish them a long and happy wedding life. After the wedding they will reside in Pittsfield, Mass.”

[The following week, on Aug. 8, a “correction,” from a different writer, ran in The Enterprise:] 

“Mr. Editor: I am somewhat surprised, to say the least at the enclosed announcement in the last issue of the Enterprise. My son does not contemplate matrimony with any one at present, certainly not with a widow with eight children. The ladies have the right of suffrage, but it is a little out of order to marry a man without his knowledge or consent. It always takes two to make a bargain. Kindly make room for this in your columns this week.”


Alfried Liewald, 37, of Guttenburg, N. J., was instantly killed, and William W. Doyle of Dudley Heights, Albany, was so severely injured that he died within five hours, when an automobile in which they were riding was struck by two coupled locomotives, west bound, at the Guilderland Center crossing of the West Shore railroad at 4:10 o’clock last Friday afternoon. 

Doyle and Liewald were going toward Albany, when the locomotives, traveling at about 25 miles an hour, rammed their auto, throwing them north of the tracks, and carried the automobile for fifty feet. 

At the hospital Doyle told physicians that he and Liewald were at Altamont in the early afternoon, inspecting boilers. They were on their way home, he said. The crossing where they were killed is considered most dangerous. The West Shore railroad office, on the southwest side of the crossing, it is the belief of railroad employees at Guilderland Center, obstructed the approaching locomotives from Doyle’s view. 

The highway commission is devoting a special program to dangerous grade crossings in this district, with a view to bring about permanent remedy for those which have hazardous approaches. State highway officials had just completed a photograph of the crossing when, it is assumed, the accident happened, because on their return to Albany shortly afterward, they were notified of the accident. 

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