Chicago, IL Drownings, May 1897

FIVE BOYS DROWNED

They Were Thrown From a Raft in the Chicago River

By the overturning of a raft in the south branch of the Chicago River, at Chicago, Ill., five boys were drowned. The dead are: CHARLES COATES, aged eleven; JAMES COATES, aged eight, brother of Charles; FRANK QUINN, aged ten; ALBERT SVIC, aged nine; CHARLES SVIC, twin brother of Albert.

The boys were paddling about in that portion of the river known as Mud Lake, one hundred feet west of the Ashland avenue bridge, and attempted to cross the stream. There were six boys on the raft, but the one who was the cause of the accident jumped off before the raft was in deep water and saved himself.

The County Record
June 3, 1897
page 3