Fall River, MA Boating Accident, May 1890
EIGHT PERSONS DROWNED IN KANSAS [sic].
FOUND A WATERY GRAVE.
Fall River, Kan. [sic], May 25. -- At Watuppa Lake about 1:30 o'clock Sunday, a party of persons comprising:
SAMUEL WITTLES and wife.
SAMUEL WITTLES, JR.
They hired a boat and went rowing. A strong wind was blowing and the water was ruffled. The boat in which the party embarked was a common, thirteen-foot flat-bottomed one and the seating capacity was eight, and too small to accommodate so many people. The party was finally observed trying to work its way toward shore just north of the pumping station. This was difficult work, as the water was rough, the wind strong and the rowers inexperienced. When the boat load of pleasure-seekers was within twenty feet of the shore one of the children rocked the boat. The men cautioned the child to remain quiet. Suddenly, without a moment's warning, the boat capsized. MR. HAMMOR was the only one in the party who could swim. He grasped MR. EDWIN WITTLES by the waist and brought him to shore. JOHN BUCKLEY and WILLIE WITTLES succeeded in reaching shore in an exhausted condition. The rest were drowned.
Logansport Reporter Indiana 1890-05-26