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Benton Harbor, MI Drowning, Aug 1945

B. H. Boy Drowns In Lake Friday

Albert Wagner, 13, Caught In Undertow

The strong undertow caused by the heavy seas was blamed for the drowning Friday afternoon of Albert Wagner, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wagner, of 906 East Main street, Benton Harbor.

The youth drowned in the rough water of Lake Michigan only a few feet from shore and only a few yards from the north pier, according to Chief Phillip Carlson, commander of the Coast Guard.

Efforts to locate the body failed up to noon today. The coast guards worked until dark yesterday and continued their search with boats today.

According to the report at the Coast Guard station, several members of the crew were at the beach for an afternoon dip and luckily rescued another member of the group of Benton Harbor youths who were in swimming.

Hear Calls For Help

The Coast Guardsmen heard the calls for help from the largest of the four boys and they pulled him safely to shore. It was during that excitement that the Wagner boy was missed. No one saw him disappear from sight.

The victim was wearing red swimming trunks and at various times spectators, who had gathered to watch the Coast Guards search for the body, reported seeing the red trunks in the water.

William Wagner, who is employed as a moulder at the Auto Specialties Company plant was notified of the tragedy by Coast Guards late yesterday afternoon.

The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, MI 4 Aug 1945


Search Continued For Body of Boy

Coast Guards today continued their search for the body of Albert Wagner, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wagner, of 906 East Main street, Benton Harbor, who drowned Friday afternoon.

The youth was in swimming in Lake Michigan near the north pier with three other pals. One of the group became strickened in the water and yelled for help.

A number of Coast Guardsmen from the St. Joseph station were in swimming nearby and they rescued the one youth. During the excitement the Wagner boy disappeared. No one saw him sink beneath the surface. The search for the body has continued since.

The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, MI 6 Aug 1945


Albert Wagner, 13, drowned in Lake Michigan, at Benton Harbor Friday.

The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, MI 6 Aug 1945


Services Are Held For Drowned Youth

A large number of friends, classmates, and relatives assembled at the Kerlikowske chapel in St. Joseph, Thursday afternoon to attend the funeral services for Albert Wagner, 13-year-old son of the William Wagners, 960 East Main street, Benton Harbor, who was drowned in Lake Michigan, Aug. 3.

The boy's body was recovered by coast guards Tuesday near the north pier.

Officiating at the services was the Rev. E. J. Burg, pastor of the new Grace Lutheran church in Benton Harbor. Mrs. Burg sang, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Mildred Johnson.

Casket bearers were Pvt. Fred Radtke, Jerry and Franklin Ratter, Delmar Wagner, Elmer Graber, Erwin Kreter, Morton Dykema, and Alfred Ratter.

The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, MI 10 Aug 1945

article | by Dr. Radut