Poughkeepsie, NY Shoddy Pond Drowning, May 1908


Professional Diver Employed to Recover Body in Shoddy Pond.

Special to The New York Times.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y., May 30.---Arthur D. Sauer, aged 16, only son of Percy O. Sauer, Assistant Superintendent of the Pullman Car Company, who lives at Mount Vernon, and his offices in the Day and Night Bank, New York, was drowned in Shoddy Pond, near West Park, late yesterday afternoon, during the absence in Buffalo of Mr. and Mrs. Sauer.

Young Sauer was visiting Reginald and Douglas Towl at West Park, and the three boys were in swimming. The Towl boys were almost drowned in attempting to save Sauer.

A telegram was sent to Mr. and Mrs. Sauer at Buffalo. The started for West Park, and arrived this morning. The body was still undiscovered, and Edward Wood, a professional diver, was brought up from Poughkeepsie. Mr. and Mrs. Sauer stood for hours in the pouring rain until the diver found the body.

The body was brought to Poughkeepsie. To-morrow night it will be sent for burial to Chelsea, Mass., where the Sauers formerly lived.

The New York Times, New York, NY 31 May 1908