Ottawa, IL Drowns After Saving Swimmer, Jul 1915
DROWNS AFTER HE SAVES BOY SWIMMER
Ottawa, Ill., July 17.---William P. Thompson of Tonica, president of the La Salle County Sunday School association was drowned today at a Sunday school picnic on the banks of the Vermillion river.
Some of the boys were bathing in the river when one of them was seized with cramps. Mr. Thompson plunged into the stream and succeeded in placing the boy on the bank, but was himself drowned.
Daily Review, Decatur, IL 18 Jul 1915