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Charles Wesley Bodimer, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 25, 1884
Death: Mar. 22, 1915

Met Death in River
Dam 26 Was
Scene of Monday Morning Tragedy.

Charles W. Bodimer, 35, a government lock
tender employed at Dam 26 near Chambersburg, was drowned in the Ohio river about
8 o'clock Monday morning. Bodimer lived at Chambersburg and had reported off
duty at about the hour named, and was leaving the lock when it is supposed he
slipped and fell into the water. Within a few moments after he was missed the
skiff he was using and his hat were observed floating down the river.

alarm was given and search was immediately begun in hopes of finding his body.
It is said he was hampered by heavy clothing and this, combined with the cold
water must have effectually prevented him from swimming to safety.

Bodimer was a fine young man with hosts of friends. He was a native of
Pennsylvania and came here several years ago when work on the big lock and dam
was begun. He married Miss Clark, sister of Noah Clark, and she, with three
young children, survives him. He had been studying for the ministry and intended
making that his life work.

The body was recovered by searches Monday
afternoon at 3 o'clock and brought to his home and prepared for burial. The
funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at Clay Chapel by Rev. J. W.

[Note: from stone at Clay Chapel Cemetery, Clay Twp., date of
birth: 25 Sep 1884, date of death: 22 Mar 1915]

Gallipolis newspaper
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Charles W.
Bodimer Drowned Monday At Dam Twenty-six

Charles Bodimer, aged 35 years was
drowned in the Ohio River at Dam 26 at 8 o'clock Monday morning. He was employed
as a lock tender by the government and just gone off duty. No one witnessed the
drowning, but it is supposed that he was getting into his skiff to cross to his
home on the Ohio side of the river, the skiff and his hat being found floating
upon the water a short time after he was missed. The body was found by fellow
employees Monday afternoon a short distance below the spot where he fell into
the river. He had on his overcoat and it is supposed that its weight prevented
him from swimming to the shore.

The funeral was held at Clay Chapel Monday
afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. J.W. McConnell.

He is
survived by his widow, who is a sister of Noah Clark, and three small children,
who will have the sympathy of all in their tragic loss. Mr. Bodimer was a fine
man with many friends. He came from Pennsylvania to work on the construction of
the locks and secured a position as lock tender upon their completion. He was
studying for the ministry and intended to make it his life work.

Death Certificate...Born Sept. 25, 1884 Alleghany Co., PA; died March 22, 1915;
aged 30 years 5 months and 27 days. Son of John H. Bodimer born Scioto County,
Ohio and Mary Towbridge born Gallia County, Ohio.]

Gallipolis Bulletin

Thursday, March 25, 1915
Transcribed by F.K. Brown
Family links: 
  John Henry Bodimer (1852 - 1944)
  Della Frances Clark Bodimer (1883 - 1956)*
  Lewis Henry Bodimer (1913 - 1980)*
  Charles Wesley Bodimer (1915 - 1974)*
  Charles Wesley Bodimer (1884 - 1915)
  Gilbert Elsworth Bodimer (1892 - 1955)*
  Chester Stanley Bodimer (1894 - 1968)*
  Fred Cecil Bodimer (1901 - 1922)*
*Calculated relationship
Clay Chapel Cemetery
Gallia County
Ohio, USA
Created by: Alice Mae Bodimer
Record added: Mar 21, 2010
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Charles Wesley Bodimer, Sr
Added by: Alice Mae Bodimer
Charles Wesley Bodimer, Sr
Added by: Alice Mae Bodimer
Charles Wesley Bodimer, Sr
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- Alice Mae Bodimer
 Added: Mar. 21, 2010

- Alice Mae Bodimer
 Added: Mar. 21, 2010

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