Sharon, MA Boat Capsizes, Jun 1896

From the Courier Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY
dated Tuseday 30 June 1896

Five Drowned

Boat Capsized During a Massachusetts Church Picnic

Sharon, Mass., June 29. - This afternoon four choir boys and the choirmaster of St. John's Episcopal church of Charleston(*sic), were drowned in Lake Mattapan. The dead are:
Choirmaster Fred E. Brackett, twenty-two years; Thomas Parker, eleven years; Harry Lakeer, twelve years; Wm. Fatkins, twelve years, and Benjamin Gibbs.

They were members of a party from St. John's church, Charlestown(*sic), who arrived here this morning to camp until Saturday. Mr. Brackett and six boys went out in a boat and when about 400 feet from the shore Harry Parker fell overboard. Frank Cox, thirteen years old, jumped overboard and rescued the boy and swam with him to the shore. During the excitement the boat was overturned.

The accident occurred so quickly that no outcry was made by the boys. There was plenty of assistance close at hand if the slightest warning had been given.

**Please note the difference in the city name for the church; this is exactly how both names were in the article.