Alton, IL Mississippi River Drownings, Aug 1904

LITTLE CHILDREN SWALLOWED UP.

MICHAEL RILEY, DAUGHTER AND SIX OTHERS DROWN.

THEY WERE WALKING ON A SAND BAR WHEN THEY STEPPED INTO CHANNEL.

ONE GIRL WAS SAVED.

Alton, Ill., Aug. 6. -- While bathing in the Mississippi River last night MICHAEL RILEY, his daughter and six of the latter's friends were drowned. One child who was in the party was rescued.
The dead:
MICHAEL RILEY, 32 years old.
ELIZABETH RILEY, 11 years old.
ALLE SNIER, 14 years old.
LUCY PATES, 8 years old.
LIZZIE PATES, 14 years old.
BESSIE BRUM, 14 years old.
MYRIE BRUM, 10 years old.
RUTH MARSHALL, 12 years old.
RILEY lived near the river in the southern part of the city, and was accustomed to bathe on the beach in front of his home after his return from work.
His little daughter begged to go with him, and RILEY took her and seven of her little friends to the beach with him.
When they entered the water RILEY made the children join hands, and they all waded into the water and walked along a sand bar which stretches out into the stream at that point. They had gone some distance from the shore when suddenly the whole party disappeared beneath the water, having in the darkness stepped from the sandbar into the deep channel.
The only one in the party to regain the sandbar was MARY TIMINY, 8 years old. The child was unable to tell how she saved herself beyond the statement that she got loose from the one next her and soon found that she could stand up and that the water came only to her knees.

Alton, Ill., Aug. 6. -- A thousand persons are engaged in the search for the bodies of MICHAEL REILEY and the seven children drowned in the river. All have been recovered but that of ELIZABETH REILLY.

The Paducah Sun Kentucky 1904-08-06