Madison, IN Frank Wolf Accidental Drowning, Dec 1911

Madison Courier newspaper, Madison, IN
Tuesday 26 December 1911;Page 3, Column 4


Loses His Life by Accidental Drowning

A Peculiarly Sad Case - Joy Turned Into Grief

Mr. Frank WOLF, a well to-do farmer two miles this side of Manville, came to his death about half past eight o'clock Saturday night by accidental drowning in Indian Kentucky Creek. He was in the city Saturday afternoon with his daughter, Miss Mayme Wolf, the successful contestant in The Courier piano contest, and with other friends. Mr. John Williams and family, neighbors living on the opposite side of the creek, took supper at Mr. WOLF'S on their arrival home, and after supper concluded to sit with them until bedtime.

The two men crossed over to the Williams place and fed the latter's stock, and were on their way back when their lamp went out. It was quite dark and not wishing on that account to risk the trip, they procured another light and were just about starting over when it was extinguished. This is the story told by Mr. Williams, who went on to say that at Mr. WOLF'S suggstion they concluded to trust the leading of the horse and dropped the reins. Instead of going the way they had hoped the animal shied off in another direction where the water was deep and the bank was steep, and the vehicle upset. Mr. WOLF never could swim a lick, and was about to perish when Mr. Williams put him astride the horse and started him, but he fell off. In desperation Mr. Williams set him on the animal a second time and told him to pull for safety. Mr. Williams, who is a good swimmer, reached the shore all right and then looked about for his companion. It was soon discovered that the animal, still hitched to the buggy, had got to the steep bank and was unable to get out without assistance, but Mr.WOLF was nowhere to be seen.

Alarm was given at once, and until eleven o'clock neighbors searched for the body, which was discovered by Mr. Clay Tevis about eleven o'clock. Coroner Cochran reached the place and held an inquest at midnight, rendering a verdict in accordance with the foregoing facts.

Mr. WOLF was a native of Jefferson County, a son of Frank Wolf, Sr., and was fifty-six years old. He leaves a wife, two daughters, Miss Mayme and Mrs. Victor Scott, and four sons, Casper, Albert, Leo and Frank. He was a member of the Catholic church at China*, where the Rev. Father Gerton preached the funeral sermon at ten o'clock this morning, and the remains were laid to rest inthe cemetery at that place.

Following were the pall bearers: James W. Demaree, Edward Flynn, Wm. Lyon, Andrew Bierck, Peter Wolf, Wm. Demaree and Wm. Lyon.

*China, Jefferson County, Indiana is a tiny hamlet, no longer a town - it is now considered part of Madison, IN.

Frank WOLF, Jr.
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