Louisville, KY Drowning Rescue, Jan 1860
NARROW ESCAPE OF MR. AND MRS. FLORENCE.----Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Florence had a narrow escape from drowning at Louisville, Ky. They were visiting at the estate of a friend, and went upon a pond to skate with a party of ladies and gentlemen. Mrs. Florence skated into an air-hole, and Mr. F. and another gentleman broke through the ice in attempting her rescue. An alarm was given, and a negro belonging to the family was chiefly instrumental in saving the trio, who were threatened with a cold and wet grave. Mrs. F. came nearest to a fatal issue, but was restored by the kind attentions of her friends.
Vincent's Semi-annual United States Register, Jan-Jun 1860 page 77