Harcourt Joseph Pratt
Aged: 67.6 years
Kingston Daily Freeman, Tuesday, May 22, 1934
Former Congressman H.J. Pratt Fatally Injured In Auto Mishap
Died Last Night at Kingston Hospital Following Auto Accident Near Port Ewen Yesterday Afternoon - Wife, Who Was With Him, Suffered Shock and Brain Concussion, But Will Recover.
Harcourt J. Pratt of Highland, former Congressman, Assemblyman, prominent business man and banker, died at the Kingston Hospital shortly after 8 o'clock Monday evening as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near the Port Ewen Cemetery about 3 o'clock that afternoon.
Mrs. Pratt, who was riding with her husband at the time, is at the hospital, suffering from shock and concussion of the brain. It was stated this morning that she had passed a good night, that her condition was fair and that it was expected that she would recover from her injuries.
Congressman Pratt never recovered consciousness after being brought to the hospital, where an examination showed that he had suffered a comminuted fracture of the left thigh, a fracture of the left ankle and the right wrist and a fracture at the base of the skull. His injuries were treated by Dr. G.W. Ross and Dr. F.A. Johnston, and about 6 o'clock Dr. Van Deveer of Albany, who had been summoned for consultation, arrived.
The sheriff's office was notified shortly after the accident occurred and Deputy Abram Molyneaux, with Sergeant Lockhart and Troopers Baker and Reilly went at once to the scene, but it was difficult to discover the exact cause of the accident. The officers found both rear tires of the Buick sedan flat when they made the examination, but whether the accident was caused by the blowing of a tire or whether the car struck a wet spot on the pavement and got out of control could not be determined.
Headed for Kingston
Mr. Pratt was driving to Kingston at the time to attend a meeting of the Kingston Trust Co. From some cause his car after coming down the hill south of the Port Ewen Cemetery and while on the curve just opposite the entrance to the cemetery, left the road, tore down several concrete posts in the guard fence and plunged into a telephone pole, which it splintered.
The impact was terrific, the top being practically torn from the chassis and the machine tilted against the telephone pole in such a manner that it was with difficulty that rescuers were able to get inside the car and release the two occupants.
Ralph Constable, who had been driving behind Mr. Pratt, heard the crash and was among the first to come to his aid. He was joined by Louis Smith of Highland, who happened to come along shortly after the accident, and Deputy Sheriff Donald Tinnie and William Moore, who operates a gas station not far from the scene and who came at once after hearing the crash.
Mr. and Mrs. Pratt were taken out of the wrecked car and hurried at once to the Kingston Hospital.
It is stated that not more than an hour or so before the accident a car coming north left the road at the same spot, tore down a couple of the guard posts and turning around returned in the direction from which it had come.
Prominent Business Man
The death of Mr. Pratt removes one of the most prominent business men in Ulster County. Shortly after completing his education at the Highland schools and Claverack Academy, he organized the George W. Pratt Lumber Co. at Highland. In addition to being president of that company he was president and the leading stockholder in several other lumber companies, including the Kingston Lumber Corporation, the Arnold Lumber Co. of Poughkeepsie, the Beacon Coal and Lumber Co., the Marlborough Manufacturing and Supply Co., and the Hudson Lumber and Supply Co. He was president of the First National Bank of Highland and a director in the Kingston Trust Co.
Born in the town of Lloyd October 23, 1866, Mr. Pratt had always taken a great interest in city affairs. He served for a number of years on the Highland Board of Education, was president of the Highland Library and of the Ganse Foundation, a charitable institution.
He was active in Republican politics from his youth. He served three years as supervisor of the town of Lloyd, to which office he was elected in 1895 and in 1897 was elected member of assembly from the second district of Ulster county, succeeding James Lounsbery. He declined to run for a second term as assemblyman, but in 1924 accepted the nomination for Congressman from the 27th district and was elected, his opponent being William C. DeWitt of Kingston. He was re-elected in 1926, '28 and '30, but in 1932 declined a further nomination and was succeeded by Philip Goodwin of Coxsackie, the present representative. While in congress Mr. Pratt was a member of the agricultural committee, where he wielded considerable influence.
Fraternally, Mr. Pratt was connected with the Masonic order, the Elks and the Grange.
Besides his wife, who was before her marriage Miss Marie E. Hasbrouck of Humeston, Iowa, Mr. Pratt leaves one son, George, of Highland; two daughters, Mrs. Walter Betts of Elmhurst, L.I., and Mrs. LeGrand Haviland, Jr., of Highland; a sister, Mrs. Edward Montgomery, of Edgewood, Md., and eight grandchildren.
Mr. Pratt's remains were turned over to Undertaker C.B. Carpenter of Highland and funeral services will be held from the Pratt home in Highland on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
~ Courtesy of fultonsearch.org, database of Tom Tryniski
Mary Elizabeth Hasbrouck
|Birth||1 MAR 1870|
|Death||10 NOV 1940|
Aged: 70.7 years
Kingston Daily Freeman, Monday, November 11, 1940
Mrs. Mary E. Pratt, widow of the late Congressman J. Harcourt Pratt, died Sunday morning in her apartment of the Governor Clinton Hotel. She was born the daughter of Jacob and Rowena Deyo Hasbrouck. The deceased is survived by a son, George W. Pratt of Highland; two daughters, Mrs. Walter Betts, Avon Park, Fla.; Mrs. LeGrand Haviland, Jr., of Highland; nine grandchildren and a great grandson. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the A. Carr and Son Funeral Home. The Reev. Frank B. Seeley of the Fair Street Reformed Church will officiate. Burial will be in Highland cemetery. Bearers will be J. W. Feeter, Harold L. DuBois, Cluett Schantz, LeGrand Haviland, Sr., Phillip Wilklow and Christopher B. Carpenter.
~ Courtesy of fultonsearch.org, database of Tom Tryniski