Hammond, IN Drowning, Jun 1937

Hammond’s 1st Drowning Of The Year

Chicago Heights Lad Swimming Unaccompanied, Drowns in Lagoon

Hammond’s first drowning of the year occurred yesterday afternoon in the Harrison Park pool when EUGENE CRAMER, 9, of Chicago Heights, Ill., apparently suffered a cramp shortly after lunch.

The body was discovered on the bottom of the northwest end of the pool by three lads, Jack Seward of 6637 Alexander avenue, Sterling Houchin of 6711 Marshall avenue and Fritz Wolf of 6643 Alexander avenue. They called the lifeguard, Tom Engleton, who gave artificial respiration until the pulmotor squad from the Northern Indiana Public Service company arrived, but all efforts were unavailing.

The lad apparently drowned unnoticed by 350 youngsters who were in the pool at the time. The doubled-up position of his body indicated that he had suffered a cramp.

The pulmotor worked by William Shanks and H.J. Sassedeck of he company was used for 45 minutes, but the boy was finally pronounced dead by the coroner, Dr. Andrew Hoffman.

The lad had been visiting in Hammond with his mother and went in swimming unaccompanied. His mother when given the news collapsed from the shock and was given aid.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cramer, and one sister, Mrs. George Bingen, also of Chicago Heights. The funeral will be held from his home at 8:30 Thursday morning with interment in Steger, Ill.

An immediate was raised by parents of the children for more protection for the youngsters in the pools. Dr. Hoffman suggested that either the Boy Scouts or the safety patrol boys for the schools should be asked to aid in keeping a better watch on the pools for such emergencies. He felt that the few lifeguards were not sufficient to keep an effective watch on the swimmers.

Hammond Times, Hammond, IN 29 Jun 1937