Ruth Martha Labounty

Born: 1899 thought to be January, in Saranac Lake a daughter of Edward LaBounty and Mary Jane Snye

Died: February 17, 1992

Married: in 1921 James A. Harrigan who was born in 1896 and died in 1978

Children: James B. Harrigan, Patricia Harrigan Costello, John Harrigan, & Margaret Ann Harrigan

Ruth Labounty operated the Harrigan Cottage or Labounty Cottage at 37 Church Street

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 20, 1992

Ruth M. Harrigan

BRUSH, Colo. — Word has been received of the death of Ruth M. (LaBounty) Harrigan, 93, formerly of Saranac Lake, who died at Ebenezer Nursing Home in Brush Colo., on Feb. 17,1992.

She was born in 1899 in Saranac Lake, the daughter of Edward and Mary Jane (Snye) 1 LaBounty. She attended school in Saranac Lake through high school. She graduated from D'Euville [sic] 2 Academy in Buffalo in 1919.

She married James A. Harrigan in 1921, and had four children

She was an active member of St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake until her later years and belonged to many auxiliary organizations of the church.

Survivors include two sons, James B. Harrigan of Sterling, [sic] 3 Colo., and John J. Harrigan of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Patricia Costello of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Margaret Harrigan of Bayone, NJ.; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband and a grandson Jim Costello.

Malone Farmer, July 5, 1916

A sad automobile accident occurred just west of Lake Placid about a week ago in which Miss Ruth LaBounty, of Saranac Lake, a popular young lady of the village and student at the Saranac Lake High School, received fractured skull which it was feared would prove fatal. Her mother, Mrs. Edward LaBounty, was, driving the car at the time and it also contained Mrs. William S. Ford and child and Miss Zoa Whitman, of Saranac Lake, and Miss Margaret Seymour, a teacher in the Saranac High School. The car was proceeding at a moderate rate of speed toward Lake Placid, when it suddenly left the macadam, struck the rail of the bridge over a brook and shunted to the opposite side of the structure where the front wheels caught, while the left rear wheel collapsed. The force of the impact threw LaBounty over the bridge across the brook, and landed her on her head among some bushes. There were deep cuts on the back of her head also on the right side near her eye. All the others were thrown out except Mrs. LaBounty who clung to the wheel and all suffered greatly from bruises and shock. Miss Labounty was picked up unconscious by a passing car and hurried to the office of Dr. Proctor, of Lake Placid. She was later hurried back to the Saranac Lake General Hospital where she finally recovered consciousness for a few moments. She was afterwards started for Boston, accompanied by her mother and Dr. J. Woods Price, to be treated at the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital by Dr. Harvey Cushing, the famous brain specialist. She was operated on there, a clot of blood and broken bone were removed and she is reported to be steadily improving.



1. A reader suggests that the correct spelling is Snye
2. Probably D'Youville Academy, now D'Youville College
3. Probably Sterling, CO