Redfield, SD Cottonwood Lake Boat Capsizes Causing Drowning, May 1929

Redfield, S. D. -- Dale Wirt of Bonilia was drowned while fishing in Cottonwood Lake, near Redfield, Sunday when his boat capsized in high waves.  His companion, Clifford Goldbergh of Washington, managed to reach shore after clinging to the overturned boat.  The roughness of the water has kept workers from locating the body of the drowned man, who leaves a family.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 28 May 1929


Dale Wirt, 26, of Bonilla was drowned in Cottonwood lake near Redfield yesterday and his brother-in-law, Clifford Goldbergh of Wessington managed to get to shore by clinging to the overturned boat after high waves had upset it.

The roughness of the water had kept workers from locating the body at nine o'clock today, according to A. I. Anderson, Redfield coroner.

The men were engaged in fishing at the time the boat capsized, and Wirt, who could swim, told his companion who could not, to hang on to the boat, and stick with it until it washed to shore.  The drowned man leaves a family.

Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD 27 May 1929