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|Death: ||Jan. 10, 1906|
Van Buren County
LAD MET DEATH WHILE SKATING
Arthur Allerton, Eleven Years Old was Drowned in Paw Paw River Last Wednesday Night.
ASSISTANCE ARRIVED TOO LATE
Body was Recovered Two Hours Later and Funeral Held on Friday—Interment at Keeler
Shortly after the Day Spring went to press last Wednesday occurred one of the saddest accidents in the history of the village. Arthur Allerton, aged eleven years, the youngest son of Mrs. Fannie Allerton living in the northeast part of the village, was drowned about five o'clock in the afternoon while skating upon the Paw Paw river.
In company with several schoolmates the lad had gone to the river after school, and was skating just back of the C. S. Brubaker residence north of the village. Becoming interested in a game he skated towards the center of the river, when he stumbled and crashed through the thin river ice. He arose to the surface three times and tugged vigorously at the ice's edge in an effort to save himself, but his companions being unable to render him assistance he soon succumbed to the chilling waters and sank from view.
The alarm was sounded and several older boys who were enjoying a like recreation upon the bayou responded, but were too late to be of assistance.
A large crowd of the townspeople were upon the scene shortly after the accident, and after breaking up the ice the work of dragging the river began. The body was recovered by B. E. Crandall and W. H. Blashfieid about two hours after the drowning, and was immediately placed in a boat, loaded upon a pair of trucks and conveyed to the home of his sorrowing mother.
The funeral was held at the home on Friday, Rev, H. A. Lyon officiating, and interment took place at the Keeler cemetery.
Arthur was a pupil in the third grade of the public school, and was a bright and popular boy. While the sympathy of the entire community has been with the bereaved family, the accident has served to emphasize the danger in using the river as a skating place, and few boys have since ventured upon it.
Van Buren County
Created by: K. Clinard
Record added: Aug 02, 2011
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