Died: August 14, 1919
Potsdam Courier and Freeman, August 20, 1919
CAR GOES DOWN BANK; THREE DIE
ANOTHER NOT LIKELY TO RECOVER FROM CRASH AT AUSABLE FORKS
In an automobile accident near Ausable Forks at midnight Wednesday night, Edward Johnson. Paschal Loritson and Miss Mary Mitchell of Saranac Lake, were instantly killed and Miss Emma Mitchell of Saranac was terribly injured and will probably die.
The accident occurred when a new Hudson car, driven by Johnson, left the road on an embankment, struck a tree and overturned, about half a mile toward Ausable Forks.
The party left Saranac Lake in the evening to go to Keeseville where the mother of the two girls lives. They left Keeseville shortly after ten o'clock on the return trip, and stopped at a restaurant at Ausable Forks for lunch. They left Ausable Forks at 11:30.
Shortly afterward, Ralph Russell of Lake Placid, driving a car containing his mother and other relatives, including several children, was driving homeward when his attention was attracted by the sound of an automobile horn, blowing constantly. He stopped, and turning his searchlight down the bank, saw a car overturned. Russell immediately turned back to Ausable Forks for help and to leave his passengers, and secured a party of men from a restaurant there who returned with him to the scene of the accident.
Search disclosed the fact that that Johnson had been thrown partly through the windshield of his car and was pinned beneath it, dead. The other three passengers were thrown clear of the car and were lying on the ground. Of these Paschal Loritson and Miss Mary Mitchell were dead, and Miss Emma Mitchell was living, though unconscious.