Mart, TX Boat Capsized, Feb 1908

FOUR SMALL BOYS DROWNED AT MART.

NONE OF THEM COULD SWIM.

THEY HAD GONE TO THE LAKE TO CATCH CRAWFISH, SECURING A BOAT AND GOING ONTO THE WATER.

Mart, Texas, Feb. 29. -- By the overturning of a boat in which six small boys were fishing on a small lake near this place this afternoon, four of them were drowned and the other two, clinging to the bottom of the boat, were rescued almost an hour later.
The dead:
BAILEY YANCY, aged 12.
HARVEY VINSON, aged 13.
WILLIE RILEY, aged 12.
RUPERT GOSSETT, aged 9.
Those who escaped are ELBERT BROUGHTON and ROBERT JOHNSON.
The boys, with several others of about the same age, had gone to the lake to catch crawfish. The half dozen secured the rowboat and pulled out into the water, which was from 15 to 20 feet in depth at the place where it was overturned. Boys on the bank say that the boat was not rocked, but said all its occupants were busily engaged in fishing when one, attempting to move from one end to the other end, the boat capsized and all were flung headlong into the water.
There was small outcry from the boys who were drowned. Those who were nearest the boat, young BROUGHTON and JOHNSON, fortunately for themselves, seized either end and managed to cling safely. The other four lads sank almost immediately.
The four bodies have been recovered from their watery graves.

Palestine Daily Herald Texas 1908-03-02