Spencer Mountain, NC South Fork River Drownings, July 1927
"DEAD HOLE" IN SOUTH FORK TAKES TOLL OF THREE LIVES RESULT FOURTH OF JULY FROLIC.
ALICE AND FLOYD MATTHEWS AND MRS. KIMBALL DROWNED AT SPENCER MOUNTAIN.
GIRLS COULDN'T SWIM.
DRAGGED RESCUER DOWN WITH THEM; THREE WHO ATTEMPT RESCUE COME NEAR DEATH.
FLOYD MATTHEWS, aged 23; his sister, ALICE MATTHEWS, aged 21; and the latter's girl friend, MRS. MAY KIMBALL, aged 18, were drowned Monday afternoon at what is generally designated as the "dead hole" where a small creek empties into the South Fork River just in the eastern edge of the village of Spencer Mountain, this county.
FRANK MATTHEWS, aged 19, brother of FLOYD and ALICE, HYMAN BERGER, GRANVILLE CONRAD, and another young man whose name could not be learned, came near losing their lives in a futile effort to save the drowning trio.
FLOYD and ALICE MATTHEWS lived with their father, Mr. James Matthews, at 1100 Rankin Avenue, while MRS. KIMBALL boarded at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Fletcher, 303 South Weldon Street. Mrs. Fletcher is a sister of the Matthewses, and MRS. KIMBALL was a close personal friend of ALICE MATTHEWS. The trio, together with several others, were celebrating the Fourth with a picnic and swimming party at Spencer Mountain when the tragedy happened.
Gastonia Daily Gazette North Carolina 1927-07-05