Friday, July 21, 2017

Drowning in Russellville 1904

July 21, 1904 Lawrenceville Republican Last Wednesday morning about 8 o’clock James Cowden and two sons were fishing at the place known as Turkey Run, about 2 ½ miles north of Russellville.  As they went up the stream they noticed some dead object in the river. Supposing it to be a dumb brute they attempted to push it from the brush to float downstream. They were horrified to find that it was the body of a boy about 12 years old. An inquest was held and the body could not be identified. 

After arrangements for burial had been made, word was received from the mother of the child, stating that the boy had been drowned eight days before, and she had given up all hope of his being found. Being poor, her neighbors furnished the means for her to come. She was accompanied by a boy about 16 years old and arrived at the river where there was a crowd of about 50 persons. The body was raised from the river and she said the child was hers. The body had floated 98 miles. It was lowered in a box and was taken downstream behind a skiff and was buried in the cemetery at Russellville at 11 o’clock that night.   Friends and neighbors saw that means were furnished for the mother's return home.