History puzzle: The case of the missing thumb

The good folks at the Kingston Library are on Twitter -- and today, they tweeted about a cryptic little article found in the vaults of the Kingston Daily Freeman, circa 1912.

The headline: "An Odd Accident." The rest you can read above.

Shavertown, as longtime locals will no doubt know (or perhaps remember), was one of the little towns along the East Branch in Delaware County that were acquired by New York City in the 1940s and flooded to form the Pepacton Reservoir.

Even today, it would be a long drive from the Shavertown area to Kingston. The O'Connor Hospital in Delhi would have been closer -- except that it wouldn't be founded until a decade later, in 1922. The Margaretville Hospital wasn't founded until 1931.

Here at the Watershed Post HQ, we're wondering: Did Harry Larkin get to keep his thumb? If any of his descendants or other relatives are still in the area, we'd love to hear from you. Send an email to [email protected].