|Death: ||Jan. 26, 1916|
"LESLIE'S IN THERE YET" SAID LITTLE GIRL RESCUED FROM POND
Two Girls Who Break Through Ice Saved, But Little Brother Meets Death In Outlet
Penn Yan, Jan. 27.—When dragged from the Seneca Mills dam yesterday afternoon after breaking through the ice little Laura Stroh, aged 8 years, said to her uncle Fred Sprague, who rescued her, "Uncle Fred, Leslie is in there yet" Leslie, however, was under the ice and when rescued was dead.
Leslie Stroh was the six year old son of Mrs. Jacob Stroh of Seneca Mills, a settlement between here and Dresden. The lad with his two sisters was sliding on the ice over the dam, from which Seneca Mills gets its power. The two girls were evidently waiting their turn to slide from the bank to the middle of the dam, when Leslie who had just started out broke through the water ten feet deep. Both the girls hoping to be able to help Leslie ran out on the thin ice and broke through. They called for help, their uncle Fred who was in the mill hearing them. Within a minute Sprague was in the cold water dragging Laura out and then Freda who were both carried to their home. However, before going, Sprague scrambled onto the bank when the Laura the youngest said "Uncle Fred, Leslie is still in there." This was the first anyone knew the boy had broken through. Sprague proceeded to dive into the icy water again but the men who know it would be foolish inasmuchas no one knew where the lad was, suggested taking a boat. With a long rake used in cleaning the flumes Jay Bell and Mark Cunningham soon found the body and brought it out. A pulmotor was sent up from the Taylor Chemical Company plant bu when Dr. Strait of this village arrived he told the friends, that lad had been in the water too long to be revived. It is thought it took at least twenty minutes to find the body and get him out. Coroner Joseph T. Cox was summoned and issued a certificate that stated that death was due to an accident. The lad leaves hi mother and four sisters, Freda, Laura, Katherine and Charlena.
Source: Geneva Daily Times, Geneva, New York, 27 Jan 1916, Page 3
Estella Sprague Stroh (1883 - 1922)
Laura Grace Stroh Utter (1907 - 2006)*
Leslie Stroh (1909 - 1916)
New York, USA
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