|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1861|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 1938|
Eugene, Lane County, Oregon
Sunday, July 17, 1938 Page One
3rd Drowing In 48 Hours Occurs Here
Charles E. Bailey, 77, Springfield Resident, Collapses in River
The drowning-per-day pace in Lane county which started last Thursday continued with uncanny clock-like precision Saturday as the third drowning case within forty-eight hours was reported. Charles Bailey, 77, Springfield, was the victim, second to be taken by the Willamette river within a 24-hour period. The time was approximately 6 p.m.
Accompanied by a party of younger friends, the elderly man had just completed swimming across the river to a point near the Inter-City Sand and Gravel company between Springfield and Eugene. Wihin sight of his companions, he suddenly fell into the water along the riverbank, it was reported, and was not breathing just a moment later when he was pulled from the water.
Doctors who arrived on the scene expressed the belief that the aged man suffered a hear attack caused by over-exertion.
Aid Proves Futile
Sheriff Swarts, Coroner Poole, Trooper Delbert Bates of the state police, and Ray Hicks and Lester Barker with a pulmotor from the Eugene fire department were on hand to aid, but artificial resuscitation failed to revive Mr. Bailey.
Bailey's death Saturday was preceded by one Friday and another Thursday, Lloyd Seales, 27 proprietor of the Tiny Tavern in Eugene, was dragged from the Willamette river Friday evening about 5:30 after he had suffered a cramp. A half hour was spent in searching for the body before it was recovered.
First drowing of the uncanny day-by-day series was Roy Sorenson, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sorenson of Camp Creek, whose body was taken from the McKenzie river about 2 1/2 miles above Hayden bridge last Thursday evening. Sorenson, unable to swim, was carried down the river after he had stepped into a hole while wading along the shore.
Charles Bailey's body was taken to the Phil Bartholomew chapel in Springfield. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Martha J. Denning (1861 - 1908)
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