Webster City, IA Drown In Boone River, Mar 1897

DROWNED IN THE BOONE RIVER.

A PHYSICIAN AND FARMER VICTIMS OF THE FLOOD.

Webster City, March 22. -- Trains on the Minneapolis and Omaha road, which is over forty miles from here, commenced this morning to run to Omaha, passing through this city on the Northern line on account of high water.
DR. TRAVIS, a physician of Eagle Grove, and MR. KIRKBERGER, a farmer, were drowned at 2 o'clock yesterday while attempting to ford the Boone River two miles west of this place. During the past two days the water has risen seven feet and was rising at the rate of a foot an hour late yesterday, due to the rapid thawing of snow in the northern part of the state.
DR. TRAVIS was on the way to MR. KIRKBERGER'S on a professional call, when the team was swept down the stream and both men drowned. Their bodies have not been recovered.
A report was received yesterday that the large bridge across the Des Moines River at Lehigh was moved by the flood, and fears are entertained that it will be carried away.
The Boone River at this point is higher than it has been for years. The ice is going out, the waters are rapidly rising and are sure to reach a high water point before receding.

Hawarden Independent Iowa 1897-03-25