Abington, PA Drowning, Jun 1906


Accident at Abington Cast Shadow on High School Commencement.

Special to The Inquirer.

JENKINTOWN, Pa., June 1.—The commencement of the class of 1906 of the Abington High School, this evening, at Abington, was not the pleasant function anticipated three hours before the beginning of the exercises.

Earl Powers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Powers, of Glenside Heights, a member of the class of 1906, and a brother of Miss E. Louise Powers, one of the class that received diplomas this evening, only a short session was held today when school was dismissed and the jolly crowd started for their home.

Later Powers and a boy friend, C. Gracey, of Weldon, wended their way to an old iron ore hole near Hyson Station. Arrived at the place, it is said, Powers got on an improvised raft. he had been there but a short time when the raft tilted, and Powers was thrown into the water.

Gracey, though able to swim, could not aid his drowning comrade. He ran for aid, and later the body was recovered, and taken to the home of the parents. The graduating exercises were held tonight, but Miss E. Louise Powers, who was to have delivered the salutatory address, was absent.

The other two graduates, Miss Elsie J. Lang and Miss Helen Ettenger Lefferts, delivered addresses.

Dr. Forrest T. Dager, who made the address, paid a tribute to the dead boy, who was one of the brightest in the school. Coroner King, of Montgomery county, will make his investigation tomorrow.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 2 Jun 1906