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Central City, WV Fishing Boat Accident, Aug 1901

FOUR WERE DROWNED.

FATAL ACCIDENT TO A FISHING PARTY NEAR CENTRAL CITY, W. VA.

GIRL JUMPED INTO OHIO.

MOTHER LEAPED FROM THE BOAT AFTER HER -- BOTH DROWNED -- IN EXCITEMENT TWO CHILDREN PERISHED -- ANOTHER CHILD SAVED BY BOY IN BOAT.

Central City, W. Va., Aug. 3. -- MRS. FANNIE HEMMINGS, 45 years old, and wife of ex-State Mine Inspector John T. Hemmings; her 14-year-old daughter KATHLEEN, and two little grandshilcren, IMOGENE and THEODORE APPERSON, 4 and 5 years old, were drowned in the Ohio River. MRS. HEMMINGS lived here, but the grandchildren were the children of Mrs. Lucille Apperson, of Richmond, Va.
The party were fishing in a frail boat, in charge of WILLIAM CHUTTER, a boy 15 years old. The passenger steamer Sunshine, bound for Cincinnati, came by, and the boy, who was rowing, becoming excited, turned the little craft directly toward the wheel of the steamer. The occupants of the boat became alarmed and KATHLEEN HEMMINGS jumped into the river. The mother leaped frantically into the waves, hoping to rescue her daughter, and the two little ones either jumped or were washed from the boat during the excitement, and all were drowned.
THELMA APPERSON would have plunged also had not CHUTTER held her.
The body of IMOGENE APPERSON was found at Ironton, O., having floated about 20 miles down stream. The remains will be sent to Richmond for burial. None of the other bodies had been recovered, but hundreds of people were at work dragging the river bed.

Evening Record Greenville Pennsylvania 1901-08-03



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