|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1824|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1876|
George B. Fowler was the son of John & Margaret Baylor Fowler.
Daily Ledger-Standard (New Albany, IN)
Friday May 26, 1876
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George Fowler Drowned
At four o'clock this afternoon, as Mr. George Fowler, the well known river pilot, was crossing the river on the ferry boat ( McHarry), from Portland, he took a seat on the railing and remained there until the boat reached the landing. When the boat struck the dock he lost his balance and fell backwards into the river and was drowned before assistance could reach him. He rose the second time to the surface, and when he sank for the third time nothing more was seen of him. Planks were thrown to him, but for some reason he seemed to pay no attention to them and it was not observed that he made any attempt to swim to the shore. He was one of the best New Orleans pilots on the river, was a native of this place and about 50 years of age.
Daily Ledger-Standard ( New Albany, IN)
Saturday, May 27, 1876
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The Drowning of Mr. George Fowler
There are many conflicting rumors floating around the streets in regard to the drowning of Mr. George Fowler, a notice of which appears in these columns yesterday. From those best acquainted with Mr. Fowler the theory of a suicide seems to be repudiated, as he was far from being a despondent temperament and there is an entire absence of motive in the case. He had determined for sometime to visit Cincinnati for the purpose of having one of his eyes operated upon, and had disclosed his intention of going thither yesterday or last night. We understand that he so informed Mr. Condiff, and Mr. C. suggested that he take out an accident policy, which he did. He did not seek the office, we understand, for this purpose, but the matter was suggested to him while visiting the office as stated above.
From Capt. Reamer, who saw him a moment after he fell in the water, we learn that he did make an effort to swim and succeeded in getting from beneath the bow of the coal barge just below the ferry landing. Capt. R. also states that when he came up the last time he extended his arms toward the ferry boat, as though supplicating assistance. The impression of Capt. Reamer seems to be that Fowler was setting on the railing of the ferry boat quietly, and when the bow of the ferry struck the dock, he lost his balance and fell into the river.
Mr. Fowler had been out of a berth for sometime. In fact he was in the condition of many pilots on the western waters, who have not had constant employment since the close of the war. He was an excellent pilot, probably one of the best on the river, and always commanded the very best wages. He had just returned home from a trip down the river, and appeared in better spirits than usual. This was manifested at his home, and was noted by his mother (Mrs. Margaret Baylor Fowler Brown) and sister ( Mary S. Fowler).
From all of the evidence that we have been able to glean, from various sources, we are inclined to the opinion that it was not a case of premeditated suicide, but an accident. This we presume, upon investigation of all the conditions up to the time of his falling in the river, can be clearly established.
Efforts are being made to recover the body of the unfortunate gentleman, and the Masonic Lodge of which he has been a member for some years has offered a reward for its recovery. The river was dragged up to sundown last night, and parties are still engaged in the work, which it is hoped may prove successful.
The aged mother and sisters of the deceased are inconsolable over their loss, as he was their mainstay in life's struggles, and they fairly worshiped him. They have the warmest sympathies of a large circle of friends in their sudden bereavement.
Daily Ledger-Standard (New Albany, IN.) Monday May 29, 1876
George Fowler's Body Found
Parties who came up the river on the steamer Glasgow, which boat arrived about 8 o'clock this morning, report that the body of a man was seen floating in the river opposite the McHarry Tomb, about twelve miles below the city. There was a brown coat on the body, and it is pretty certain that it is the remains of George Fowler, who was drowned at the ferry dock last Friday afternoon. A nephew of Mr. Fowler, George Lightner, pilot on the Glasgow, was at the time the body was seen, was asleep, and probably knew nothing of the drowning of his uncle.
Two young men at once went down the river in a skiff in search of the body, and it is thought they will bring it to the city to-night.
Margret Baylor Fowler Brown (1804 - 1885)
Margaret Fowler Hanmore*
George B. Fowler (1824 - 1876)
Elizabeth S. Fowler Lightner (1825 - 1857)*
Mary S. Fowler (1829 - 1909)*
Nancy Jane Fowler Jackson (1832 - 1916)*
Created by: Judi Pegg
Record added: May 03, 2011
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