by Mrs. Levi Ganyo
Death ended a Sunday fishing holiday for Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bieniski, (about 45) and their young farm neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pawloski, of Argyle.
Mr. and Mrs. Bieniski didn't make it back alive.
At about 11 a.m., a tourist with binoculars on Springsteel Island, noted a boat with only the bow above water, a half-mile out. Ed Pearson was out fishing with a party, and hurried ashore with his boat's occupants before hurrying to the aid of the people in distress. Meanwhile two boys, Wayne Simmons, 16, of Middle River, employed at Springsteel resort, and Tod Swanson, 10, son of the resort owner, Bud Swanson, hurried to the scene south of the island, bringing life-jackets, etc, in a small fishing boat.
The outboard crusier was capsized and Mr. and Mrs. Pawloski were in the water. They clung to the boy's boat. Ed Pearson arrived and took them to the resort lodge.
Mr. and Mrs. Bieniski were trapped in the cabin of the swamped cruiser, which was towed to shore by Ted Heyen, another resort employee. The cruiser, (about 18 foot) is one of two owned by another man from the Argyle area, Henry Marshall, who also has a new cabin home on Springsteel.
Coroner, Dr. Jack Delmore, and deputy sheriff, Don Larson of Roseau, were present when the bodies were taken from the craft. They interviewed the surviving couple, who said they were all in the cabin, with Mrs. Bieniski at the wheel. One of the two 35 h.p. motors was not operating and Mr. Bieniski was trying to get it started while he had the other slowed.
"A lot of water was coming in the rear end," said the tanned young Pawloski, "but I didn't know how much these boats could take-. This is the first time I've ever been on the lake. I just bought my first fishing license. I'll never go out on a boat again-. He was pulling on that- trying to get it started, and then he said, "Get to the front'-" From there it all happened so quickly, keeping afloat took all their attention. "I'm not much of a swimmer anyway," Pawloski said and his wife added that she had all that she could do to get to the boat." There was a lot of noise, she said, but neither could tell what the Bieniski's last words were.
Spectators said the boat had had two gas tanks in the stern and that there was no splash-board in place. There was no time to think of or look for life-belts, Pawloski said, and he didn't know if the boat were equipped with any.
Mrs. Pawloski said the other couple had no children, nor do they.
One of the bodies is removed from the outboard cabin cruiser which swamped near Spring-Steele Island Sunday morning drowning a man and his wife. Observers blamed a combination of inexperience and poor equipment for the tragedy. Roseau Times-Region photo
Printed in the Warroad Pioneer, Aug. 5, 1964
Stanley T Bieniski (1921 - 1964)*
Saint John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Beth
Record added: Jul 08, 2012
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