Troy, NY Storm & Drownings, Aug 1871

Severe Rain Storm at Troy - Sad Drowning Accident.

Troy, August 30, 1871.

A severe rain storm has raged here for the last twenty-fours. The city is flooded and the river and streams are much swollen.

John Powers, with John Crowe, aged seventeen and Maggie McCarty, aged thirteen, were in a small boat in Poestenkill Creek, gathering driftwood, at half-past four o'clock this afternoon, when they unconsciously drifted into the strong current.

Crowe exclaimed "We are Lost!" and jumped overboard. Powers then attempted to throw the girl ashore and jumped overboard after her. Crowe and the girl were carried over the dam and drowned. Powers drifted in an eddy, where he seized hold of an old engine lying in the creek, to which he clung until rescued. The bodies of the drowned have not been recovered.

New York Herald, New York, NY 31 Aug 1871