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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Golf at Pelham Manor in 1903

Yesterday on the Historic Pelham Blog I wrote about "Golf in Pelham Manor in 1895". Today's posting addresses golf in Pelham Manor in 1903 and demonstrates how truly dangerous it could be.

It seems that in 1903, the Pelham Manor Golf Club had laid out a small course near the Pelham Bay Park boundary not far from Long Island Sound. The groundskeeper for the course heard shooting in an area known as "Golf Club Woods" and investigated only to find three men hunting rabbits and "song birds". When he confronted them, he was shot in the hand. The story below describes the incident and appeared in The New York Times on November 14, 1903.



Pelham Manor Golf Links Foreman May Lose His Wounded Hand.

NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Nov. 13. -- Frank Glasser, foreman on the grounds of the Pelham Manor Golf Club, was inspecting the golf links this afternoon, and when near the Hunter Island Inn heard shooting in Golf Club woods.

He found three Italians with a bag of rabbits and song birds and ordered them away, fearing some of the shot might carry onto the links and hit the players. The Italians refused, and Mr. Glasser attempted to arrest one when the fellow turned on him and fired.

Many of the shot in the gun passed completely through Mr. Glasser's hand. His family doctor says the Hand may have to be amputated. The Italians escaped."

Source: Shot by Angry Hunter, N.Y. Times, Nov. 14, 1903, p. 5.

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