Mississippi River, MO Boat Collision, Oct 1877
St. Louis, Oct. 22. -- About 11 o'clock last night as a party of emigrants consisting of EPHRAIM WEAVER and his sister, SUSAN SMITH, with a babe nine months old, JAMES CROWLY, his wife, MARY ANN, and baby fifteen months old, and MARTIN CROWLY, brother of JAMES, were proceeding down the river in two skiffs and a small flat boat, and when near the quarantine twelve miles below here, they were run into by the tow boat GRAND LAKE and two barges, and MRS. CROWLY, the two babies and MARTIN CROWLY were drowned, and all the household effects of the two families lost. The party was from Hamilton, Ill., and were going south to relocate. It is said the captain of the GRAND LAKE treated the survivors cruelly, but the captain denies this and says he did everything possible under the circumstances to assist the unfortunates.
Sedalia Daily Democrat Missouri 1877-10-23