Plum Lake, WI Lake Drownings, Aug 1928



Sayner, Wis. -- (AP) -- The sight of her husband drowning in a futile attempt to save the life of a young woman in Plum Lake Monday, caused MRS. CHARLES HOEFFER, 69, Kansas City, Mo., to suffer a heart attack and raise the toll of deaths to three.
MR. HOEFFER, 74, wholesale jeweler, drowned when he attempted to save MISS IRENE HAGEN, 24, Wausau, Wis., a maid employed by the HOEFFERS, who was imperilled when a life preserver slipped off while she was paddling in 15 feet of water. The aged man dove off the end of the pier, swam to the young woman, but was pulled down. Both bodies were recovered.
MRS. HOEFFER, who was standing in three feet of water, saw the tragedy and suffered a heart attack.
The three bodies were taken to Wausau this morning. MRS. HOEFFER was a sister of Mrs. W. B. Schofield, Wausau, who lived in an adjoining cottage.
According to friends of the couple, MR. and MRS. HOEFFER spent the winter in Florida and the summer at their cottage on Plum Lake.
The tragedy Monday and a drowning of a four-year-old boy a month ago mark the only drownings in Plum Lake in 30 years.

Sheboygan Press Wisconsin 1928-08-28