Darrough Chapel, IN child drowns in jar, Aug 1930


Phyllis Yerigan, 17 Months of Age, Victim of Accident Here Saturday.


City Firemen Work Frantically for Two Hours in Resuscitation Effort.

Phyllis Yerigan, residing near Darrough Chapel, was drowned in two inches of water shortly after 10 o'clock Saturday morning when the tot fell head foremost into an eight gallon crock, in which a small quantity of rain water had collected. Determined efforts of city firemen to save the child's life by means of the inhalator equipment proved unavailing.

The baby had been playing with five older brothers and sisters in the yard of the home. The other children had apparently gone to the other side of the house for a short time when Mr. Yerigan looked out of the side window and noticed the tot's feet protruding from the crock. The baby was taken from the gallon or two of water, unconscious, and a doctor was called. A call was made upon the fire department at the same time.

The physician and a resuscitation team from the fire department arrived about the same time. The inhalator equipment was adjusted and from 10:15 o'clock until well after noon the firemen maintained their frantic effort to stimulate the gasp that would mean life to the child. Except for the removal of a small amount of water from the throat no encouraging symptoms were noted. Any pulse the child may have had become imperceptible before the physician arrived.

The heart-broken parents and five other children stood by, helpless, as the firemen continued their efforts, to no vail. When it became apparent that there was no hope for life the firemen retired. Dr. Elton R. Clarke, county coroner, was called and pronounced the baby dead as a result of accidental drowning.

The father of the child is an employe of the Armstrong-Landon company here, working in the mill on East Monroe street.

Funeral services have not yet been arranged.

The Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, IN 23 Aug 1930