|Birth: ||1892, USA|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1927|
Thursday, July 7, 1927
Drowned Trying To Save
Girl Who Fell Overboard
Wilbur Black, aged 38 years, owner and operator of the ferry service the Monongahela river at Greensboro, was drowned, Thursday afternoon, in an attempt to rescue a passenger who had fallen overboard. Black, with his helper, Samuel Graham, was taking the ferry across the river about 2 o'clock, when Alberta Gallatin, aged 13 years, who was crossing on the ferry, in some way, fell overboard into the river. Black, who was an expert swimmer, immediately jumped into the water to save the girl.
Graham, busy about the boat was unaware of the accident until he reached shore and heard Black's cry for help. Securing a skiff he went to their aid and succeeded in rescuing the girl. When he turned around to help Black he had disappeared. The body was recovered later.
How Black came to drown is a mystery as he was a strong swimmer and familiar with the river. It is supposed that he was seized with cramps.
Black leaves his wife, Mrs. Thelma Hickman Black; his parents, S. L. and Mrs. Sue H. Black; four brothers, Edward, Irving, Frank and James and a twin sister, Mrs. Marian Haines, all of Greensboro.
Samuel Irving Black (1864 - 1953)
Susan Hamilton Black (1870 - 1939)
Thelma Hickman Hartley (1903 - 1988)
Wilbur H. Black (1892 - 1927)
James Alexander Black (1893 - 1981)*
Monongahela Hill Cemetery
Created by: Gerald "Jerry" Hobson
Record added: Aug 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115269154