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Edward D. "Eddie" White
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Birth: Jun. 29, 1888
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 1905
Carter Lake
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

Evening World-Herald (Omaha, Nebr.),July 17, 1905, p. 1, col. 5


While in Swimming He Sinks and Life Is Extinct When Body Is Recovered.

Dr. Ensor Thinks It Was Not a Case of Drowning, but of Heart Disease.

Last evening, shortly after 8 o'clock, while bathing at Courtland beach, Eddie D. White, an 18-year-old lad, residing at 1724 Douglas street, was drowned. According to the story of witnesses and those who worked over the boy after he had been taken from the water, his death was directly due to heart failure rather than drowning, for he had been in the water only a couple of minutes before he was rescued. About 900 people were in the water at the time.

According to the story told by P. B. Murray, who, with a man named Payne, went to the rescue of young White, the latter had swam out from the bathhouses to the pole from which the high diving takes place. He was evidently coming back when he met his fate. The water at that place is about twenty feet deep. Murray says that his attention was attracted to the spot by a shout from other bathers and he swam toward the boy. Payne and he dived at the same time, and one caught hold of an arm and the other one of the boy's leg and raised him to the surface. A boat was sent out from the beach and Dr. T. H. Ensor of South Omaha, who happened to be on the grounds, and one of the attendants at the beach worked on the body immediately, but life had apparently gone from it before it was brought to the surface.

Dr. Ensor gives it as his opinion that death resulted from heart trouble, because, he says, the boy was not under the water long enough to drown.

As the beach is on town territory the authorities at Council Bluffs were notified of the accident. Effort was made to reach Coroner Treynor, but as he was absent from the city the police requested the Omaha coroner to take the matter in charge. Mr. Dorrance of Brailey & Dorrance accordingly brought the body from the beach.

Mrs. Andrew Murphy of 1126 South Twenty-ninth street, an aunt of the boy, was notified and she immediately went to the White residence to break the sad news to the boy's mother. Mrs. White was almost prostrated. She is a widow and lived with the unfortunate lad and a younger son at her residence on Douglas street, where she conducts a boarding and rooming house.

Young White was for a long time an employe of the Cudahy Packing company, but had recently been with the People's Store.

As the coroner at Council Bluffs could not be reached the body, at the request of the boy's mother, was turned over to Heafey & Heafey.


Morning World-Herald, July 19, 1905, p. 3, col. 4

Funeral of Edward White

The funeral of Edward White, the boy who died while swimming at Courtland Beach Sunday, was held from the family residence at St. Philomena's cathedral Tuesday morning. Father Stenson sung the requiem mass and the music was rendered by the cathedral choir. The pallbearers were companions of the boy. A firing squad of the Omaha light infantry, of which he was a member, was in attendance. Many beautiful floral tributes were in evidence. The burial took place at Holy Sepulchre.
Family links: 
  Timothy W. White (1852 - 1898)
  Winifred E. McGrory White (1867 - 1915)
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Section 1, Block 8, Lot 14
Created by: Scott
Record added: Oct 23, 2012
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Edward D. Eddie White
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Edward D. Eddie White
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