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Iona Elizabeth Hodges
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Birth: Jul. 17, 1900
Stephens County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 1921
Matagorda County
Texas, USA

daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Hodges

Miss Iona Hodges, 21, last Sunday, was enjoying the fulfillment of womanhood in service to her church. She was at the encampment because of her deep and abiding interest in her work with the Baptist Young People's Union. Her mother operated the Hodges Rooming House at 414 East Walker Street. They moved to Breckenridge last November. Her mother, when notified of the death of her daughter became frantic with grief.

Female, white, single

This body was accidentally drowned here in the Gulf of Mexico and no information was obtainable was shipped to Mr. H.D. Caldwell at Breckenridge, Texas.


Saddest Accident in History of Palacios
Eight Drown While Bathing in the Gulf

Four Ladies and Four Men Victims of Gulf's Treacherous Undertow. 7 Bodies Recovered.

John T. Price, One of Palacios' Most Prominent and Beloved Citizens, Gives His Life in an Effort to Save
Miss. Hodges.--- Several of Party Escape Death by Narrow Margin.

Nothing has ever happened in Palacios that seems so appalling as the drowning of one of our leading citizens, Mr. John T. Price and seven of our B. Y. P. U. campers, yesterday.

The accident happened in the Gulf, some 25 miles from Palacios. Quite a party of our visitors, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. John T. Price, left early Thursday morning for an outing to the Gulf, at a certain point often visited by excursionists.

On reaching the destination at the point of land where boats usually stop, the crowd in a most happy mood bounded out of the boat and rushed into the water which appeared to be about knee deep, but an "undertow" caught one of the party, and pulled her down, when someone rushed to her rescue. This party was also caught, and still another, and then another, until eight lives were lost.

It seems that our Mr. Price lost his life more from heart failure than from water in trying to save others. The dead are as follows: John T. Price, Palacios, Drue Cumbie, Grace Cortney [Courtney], Mrs. B. Mayes, J. E. Dyke, Miss Iona Hodges of Breckenridge; Miss Vie Buster, of Jacksonville and Archie Bryant of Abilene. Mr. Cumbie's body, at this writing has not been recovered.

The following were rescued by faithful companions: Mildred and Guy Caldwell, J. J. Morgan, Mary Morgan, Kate Sayle, Mable Darden, Lucille Cortney [Courtney] and Pearl Bryan.

With all of this heart rending circumstance, the B. Y. P. U. officials and our citizens want to emphasize that this accident did not happen in Palacios but some 23 or 25 miles out at Green's Bayou. The majority of our citizens have always looked upon bathing in the Gulf a dangerous proposition on account of its mighty under-current which is liable to catch the bather at any moment.

But may our Father in Heaven temper the sorrows of the loved ones who have lost their dear ones. Our united prayers go up for them.

The Palacios Beacon, Friday, July 22, 1921

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Permission for use given by Carol Sue Gibbs
24 March 2013

Breckenridge Cemetery
Stephens County
Texas, USA
Created by: Searchers of our Past
Record added: Aug 08, 2011
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Iona Elizabeth Hodges
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Iona Elizabeth Hodges
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