Page, NE Boating Accident, June 1907

FOUR PERSONS DROWN NEAR PAGE; SAD TRAGEDY AT FISHING PARTY.

OVERLOADED BOAT CAPSIZES WITH SIX PERSONS.

TWO ARE SAVED, FOUR PERISH.

DROWN IN EIGHTEEN FEET OF WATER AT WUNDER LAKE.

FATHER AND CHILD WENT DOWN; TWO SISTERS-IN-LAW AMONG THE VICTIMS.

O'Neill, Neb., June 6. -- Special to The News: The community of Page, thirteen miles east of here, is rent by the sad and tragic drowning of four persons at Wunder's Lake eight miles southeast of Page yesterday noon.
The dead:
CLINTON SAMPSON, age forty-four years.
MORRIS SAMPSON, aged twenty months.
MRS. H. V. TRACY, aged thirty years.
MISS ALICE DRUM, age twenty years.
Those who narrowly escaped:
MRS. CLINTON SAMPSON, wife of the drowned man and mother of the drowned babe.
H. V. TRACY, husband of one of the drowned victims.
The pathetic tragedy came as the ending to a fishing party organized for a day's pleasure at one of the popular fishing resorts of Holt County. The party was composed of between thirty and forty people living three and four miles northeast Page.
Equipped with a boat, fishing rods and lunch baskets, the party congregated at the lake in the forenoon and were having a merry time until six of the crowd got into the boat and started out on the lake.
The boat was built to carry not more than three persons and its overloading by the six persons capsized it. When the boat overturned four of the six occupants went to the bottom of the lake, which is eighteen feet deep at this point.
Two of the party of six in the boat were rescued from the water by means of fish poles. These were MRS. SAMPSON, wife of the drowned man and mother of the drowned babe, and H. V. TRACY, whose wife was one of the four persons drowned.
Orville Vanconnett was the only man of the party near the point where the boat capsized and he, with the aid of some of the women, succeeded in getting MR. TRACY and MRS. SAMPSON to the shore.
The four bodies were in the water about thirty minutes before they could be fished out with hooks and lines.
A physician was summoned from Ewing and every effort was made to resusciate the four victims, but to no avail.
The body of MR. SAMPSON, who went down clinging to his twenty-months-old babe, with that of the little child, was taken to the Sampson home four miles northeast of Page.
The bodies of MRS. TRACY and MISS DRUM were taken to the DRUM home in the same neighborhood, the husband of MRS. TRACY being a brother of MISS DRUM.
The Norfolk Daily News corresondent, with Coroner Flynn and Undertaker Biglin of O'Neill, visited these sadly bereft homes last evening. It was a peculiarly pathetic scene to see the father and babe stretched for the bier side by side.
The coroner's inquest found the drowning to be purely accidental.
Funeral arrangements had not yet been made, though it was expected the bodies of MRS. TRACY and MISS DRUM would be interred at Page on Friday, while those of the SAMPSONS mady be sent to Tecumseh where MR. SAMPSON formerly lives. He was a member of the A.O.U.W. at Tecumseh.

Norfolk Weekly News Journal Nebraska 1907-06-07