Edgewater, VA Drownings, July 1904

FIVE ARE DROWNED WHILE IN BATHING.

DISTRESSING ACCIDENT TO PARTY AT EDGEWATER.

THREE SISTERS ARE AMONG THE VICTIMS.

A MOTHER AND LITTLE CHILD OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY COMPLETE THE NUMBER.

WENT BEYOND DEPTH; COULD NOT BE REACHED.

WILLING HANDS NEAR BY, BUT COULD NOT GET TO THEM IN TIME -- GREAT SORROW IN WASHINGTON, WHERE MISSES KEMON LIVED.

Washington, D.C., July, 14. -- Five persons were drowned at Edgewater, Westmoreland County, Va., this afternoon, including three young women of this city and a lady and child, of Meter, Va.
The dead are:
MRS. JAMES HUBBARD and Child, of Meter, Va.
HELEN KEMON, age 20.
ADA KEMON, age 18.
HARRIET KEMON, age 16.
The members of the party were out bathing, when the distressing accident occurred. They went beyond their depths and being unable to swim, were drowned before assistance could reach them. Loving ones were near by and made every effort to save the ladies, but in vain. The bodies were soon recovered. Those of the three MISSES KEMON were sent to Washington tonight on the Weems Line steamer.
The first news of the drowning received by friends of the KEMONS, was a telegram from Mr. R. F. Wilkins, an artist, of this city, who was with the party, and who had a narrow escape from death. It was thought at first that Miss Grace Thomas, of this city, was one of the drowned, but a second telegram said she had been saved.
The Misses Kemon were the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kemon, of this city, who reside at No. 1801 Fourth Street, Northwest.
Mr. Kemon is employed in the Government Printing Office. Mrs. Kemon and her three daughters went down to Edgewater about ten days ago, and took a cottage for the summer. Mr. Kemon's vacation began Saturday and he joined them. Philip Kemon, the only son, also went down last week. These included the entire family.
Late this afternoon a neighbor of the Kemon's received a telegram from Mr. Wilkins, saying the three daughters were drowned. A second telegram asked him to arrange to have the bodies met by an undertaker at the boat in the morning.

Times Dispatch Richmond Virginia 1904-07-15