Tekamah, IA Boating Accident, June 1896

FIND WATERY GRAVES.

TRAGIC ENDING OF A PICNIC PARTY ON THE MISSOURI.

Tekamah, June 30. -- Two young men and two young women were pleasure riding in a boat on the Missouri River, near what is known as the Ludwick saw mill. The river is very high, and the boat getting caught in an eddy, struck a snag, which tipped it so that it partially filled with water. One of the girls grabbed one of the men around the neck in her fright. The young man was an excellent swimmer, and, evidently thinking the boat was going to sink and that he could swim ashore with the girl, jumped overboard with her. In jumping they overturned the boat, throwing their companions
into the water. The first couple went under and were never seen to come up again. Of the second couple only the young man came to the surface, and he grabbed hold of the overturned boat and was saved. The young man who was drowned was named SAMSON, and his home is said to be in Council Bluffs. The girls were named KELSO and REESE, and the boy that was saved is a brother of the REESE girl.

Carroll Sentinel Iowa 1896-06-30