Braxton, WV Drowning, May 1889

WHOLE FAMILY DROWNED

A Man, His Wife and Two Children Capsized in a Mountain Stream.

A drowning accident is reported from Braxton, W. Va. P. B. HARR and family lived in a thinly settled district, and he and his wife and two children started to visit a neighbor. A mountain stream in their path was swollen out of its banks, but HARR attempted to cross it in a canoe. Half-way over, the frail boat capsized and the whole family were thrown out.

The wife and one child immediately sank. HARR, who was an expert swimmer, seized another and made desperate efforts to escape. He caught on to the canoe, but was swept down stream, and perished before help could reach him. The bodies have been recovered.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1889-05-10