Grafton, MA Drowning, Jun 1943

Cropseyville Man Drowns At Grafton

Harry Palubniak Sank While Swimming

Harry Palubniak, 21, of Cropseyville, was drowned about 3:15 p. m. yesterday while swimming in Forest Park Lake at Grafton.

State Police, assisted by Dr. Brant Ditmore of Bennington, Vt., worked in relays with an inhalator for about two hours in an effort to resuscitate the man. Coroner Charles J. Cote gave a decision of accidental death by drowning.

Palubniak was swimming with his brother, Walter, 29, and two sisters, Rose, 19, and Marion, 14, when the tragedy occurred. He was not a good swimmer, troopers said. His brother discovered him missing and after a brief search located the body in about seven feet of water and approximately 25 feet from the boat dock, although unable to raise it.

A call for aid brought Sergt. Joseph Shaw of Troop G and Dr. Ditmore, who has a camp at the lake. They recovered the body. Artificial respiration was applied until the arrival of the inhalator.

Sergt. F. J. Schoonmaker and Trooper Harry A. Scoville of the B. C. I. and Troopers Frank Stark and W. J. Wildzumas also investigated the drowning. Coroner Cote said that Palubniak is believed to have suffered cramps. The body was removed to the C. J. Cote funeral parlors in Second Street, Troy.

Troy Record, Troy, NY 21 Jun 1943