Born: December 16, 1896

Died: December 9, 1951

Married: Gloria Thompson


Maurice A. Vosburgh lived in Lake Clear. He was the son of A. I. Vosburgh. He lived at 45 Riverside Drive.

He lived previously in Lake Clear, where, in 1924 he is reported to have trapped a beaver.

Plattsburgh Press Republican, December 13, 1951

Two Killed, Two Hurt In Two-Car Collision

Thomas G. Hamelin, 51, of 34 Margaret Street and Maurice A. Vosburgh, 55, District Representative of the Tide Water Oil Co. of Saranac Lake were fatally injured last night in a two-car collision. Injured were Mrs. Carl Fresn, 20, and Mrs. Darwin Scriver, 25, both of Champlain.

The accident occurred at 9:30 on Route 9, three miles south of the village of Champlain in front of the garage of Louis Wells, which was closed at the time of the head-on collision. State police of the Chazy sub-station and Eastern Zone headquarters at Keeseville investigating the accident said the two cars collided on the east side of the road.

Lacking an eye-witness account, state police said Mr. Hamelin driving a 1949 2-door sedan apparently was on the wrong side of the road at the time of the collision. The impact of the collision threw the car in which the two women were riding back about 15 feet. Both cars were severely damaged in front. The dashboard of the women's car was bent into a V-shape and the front seat was forced into the rear of the 1951 club coupe.

Orel Parsons, brother of the two injured women, was called to the accident with his ambulance and did not know it was his sisters until he arrived on the scene. They were taken to the Champlain Valley Hospital in his ambulance.

The condition of both women was described as fair early this morning at the hospital. Mrs. Scriver received a fractured right leg, abrasions to the knee, lacerations on the forehead and multiple contusions and abrasions of the body. Mrs. Fresn suffered a severe laceration of the left thigh, fractured right foot, compound fracture of the nose, contusions of the chest and abrasions.

Dr. George Gonyea, county coroner, said Mr. Hamelin died of a broken neck and fractured skull. Mr. Vosburgh received a fractured skull, multiple rib fractures and internal injuries. Dr. H. C . Van Acker of Champlain pronounced both men dead at the scene of the accident. Mr. Hamelin's body is at the Brown Funeral Home. Mr. Vosburgh's body was moved to the Currier Funeral Home at Saranac Lake.

Surviving Mr. Hamelin are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Charles Carr whose home is on Route 9 north of the city, and one sister, Mrs. Roswell Sharron of 107 Court Street.

Mr. Hamelin served in the Navy during World War II as a chief motor mechanic. Since his separation from the service he had been manager of the Church Oil Company in this city.