Louisville, KY Ohio River Drowning, Aug 1890

Monday 4 August 1890


Death in the (Ohio)River Yesterday Afternoon of Conrad Steinmetz

Seized With Cramps, He Sinks Before the Eyes of His Companions

Conrad Steinmetz, the sixteen-year-old son of Philip Steinmetz, was drowned yesterday afternoon in the (Ohio)river between Six Mile Island and Goose Island. He sank for the last time just as a skiff reached him and one of his companions leaned over to draw him in the boat. The body passed out of sight and was carried away by the swift current. The Life Saving crew dragged the channel for several hours, but the body was not found.

Yesterday morning, Steinmetz, with several of his friends rowed up the river on a fishing expedition, and to go in swimming. Late in the afternoon, as they were passing through the channel, Steinmetz pulled off his clothes to take his last dive, as he said to one of the boys in the boat. He leaped from the rear and intended to race with the boat. He had been in the water but a few seconds when he began to sink and call for help. Knowing that he was an excellent swimmer, little attention was paid to him, but finally seeing his frightened face the skiff was turned about and they began to row after him. He, however, was carried swiftly from them.

The deceased was in the employ of the cotton mills on Goss Avenue and was spoken of very highly by all who came in contact with him. He was known as a hard-working boy, and he had a prosperous outlook before him.

Conrad Steinmetz
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