|Birth: ||Feb., 1898|
Miss Ora Snowden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Snowden, who live three miles south of Elgin, was drowned in the Colorado River at Miller Ripples, Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock.
Miss Ora, together with several companions, was swimming. She and Mrs. Bailey of Austin, having just learned to swim on their backs, were floating down the river, when they were drawn into a current that swept them in deep water. Although both were good swimmers, they were not strong enough to combat the whirl-pool, and they sank twice.
Burford Spear and Mr. Bailey, who were in the party, made every effort to rescue the women they could. Bufford reached Mrs. Bailey and pushed her to her hubsand, who had come quite near by that time. He then tried to rescue Miss Ora, she being further out in the current. Although he succeeded in catching hold of her, he lost his grip and was carried under the water twice. He was forced to give up the attempt at rescue and struggle for his own life.
Other men of the party came to Buford's assistance; but the body was lost, and close search failed to locate it.
After two and a half hours of search, the body was found with the aid of a drag hook, within a few feet of the place where it had last been seen. The victim's bathing suit was hung on a snag, and it was probably due to the fact that the searchers could not find her in time to save her.
The body was carried to the home of her parents. Interment took place at Youngs Prairie Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. Norman.
Miss Ora was well known in Elgin and surrounding communities. She attended the Elgin Public School for a number of years, and her classmates and friends will remember her for her sweet, cheerful disposition. It is with much sorrow that they learn of her untimely death.
No headstone is found.
Youngs Prairie Cemetery
Created by: Tammy New
Record added: Feb 19, 2011
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