Bastrop, LA Ferry Capsizes in Bayou Bartholomew, Oct 1919

Five Women, Two Children and Two Men Die When Ferry Collapses

Bastop, La., Oct. 26 - Nine people - five white and four negroes, were drowned in Bayou Bartholomew, at Bonner's ferry, six miles north of Bastrop, late Saturday night, when an overloaded ferry boat capsized with them. Five of the victims of the tragedy were women, two were children.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley and their two boys, who rent a farm just across the river from the ferry landing, where the accident happened, had come to Bastrop to meet Mrs. Stanley's mother and two sisters, who were coming from their home in Hamburg, Ark., to visit them. The train was late and it was 10 o'clock when they started on the return trip. When they reached the bayou they found two negro men and two women at the landing preparing to cross.

They drove on the ferry boat, a sort of raft without protecting railings of any sort, in front of the negroes. When the latter drove their teams on board the boat was overloaded and sank deeper than usual in the ater, frightening one of Mr. Stanley's mules, who fell overboard.

Mr. Stanley went to the neartest farmhouse and got help, but efforts to find any of the victims of the accident were without results. Sunday the river was dragged and dynamited but the bodies had not been recovered at a late hour.

Owing to the lack of telephones, the names of the victims had not been learned in Bastrop Sunday night - Shreveport Times