|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1915|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1922|
William N Addison Jr b:Oct 8.1915 d Sept 22.1922
Recovered One Body At Hampton Beach
The first body of the four people, who net death in the motorboat accident at Hampton River Bridge on Friday, was found this morning.
The body is that of William Addison Jr seven year old of south Seabrook, whose father, William Addison also lost his life.
The body was recovered shortly after four O'clock by patrolman Edward Blake of the Hampton Beach Coast Guard station and was on the beach about a half mile coast of the casino where it had been washed ashore during the night.
Acting medical referee Dr C.W. Hannaford was called and after viewing the body ordered it turned over to undertaker Talman of Hampton.
Although the coast Guard has there men patrolling the beach the beach.
They do not expect to find any of the other bodies at present due to the heavy sea and the strong undertow of the seas.
Two men and two boys of a party of eight were drowned on Friday afternoon.
When a motorboat was swept against the Hampton river bridge and capsized.
The other four which include a woman and her two year old baby daughter were saved,
The mother rescuing her daughter a heroic effort.
The dead are:
Frank Blye, age 10 Seabrook
William A. Addison Jr age 8 years Seabrook
John Dow Eaton age 5 years
Mrs. Emma D. Eaton (Addison) Seabrook
Her Daughter Emma D. Addison now Felch age two
George Marston Seabrook
Alvia Boyd Seabrook
The entire party was on a trip with frank Blye in a motor boat and were on their way down to Hampton river shortly after two o'clock when engine trouble developed and the motor stalled.
It caught in the whirling tide and carried them against the pilings of the bridge.
The tides at this point runs at racing speed and when the motorboat struck the piling broad side, the tide against the keel caused it to capsize throwing out all of the occupant's fortunately the hull righted itself but was filled with water and held against the piling by the tide.
Marston and Boyd managed to reach the boat and climbed aboard and as they turned they saw Mrs. Addison with her baby struggling in the water.
They throw her a rope and she caught it with one hand. Holding on to her child with the other and she was pulled into the boat.
Mrs. Addison when they were thrown into the water held the baby, but it was torn from her by the force of the tide but she managed to grasp her by the wrist and hold on.
Her husband and son were not so fortunate and they were caught by the tide and swept through the bridge and disappeared from view.
Blye and the little Eaton boy were caught in the same manner and swept under the boat and through the bridge. Neither of them was able to keep above the water and soon sank.
The frantic cries of the woman and the men were heard by George Lamont a toll collector on the bridge and he ran to a point where the boat was held against the piling and threw down a rope.
In the mean time frank Beckman of Seabrook, accompanied by Edward Gauron
Were coming down the river in the farmer's motor boat and they were quick to take in situation and hurried to the scene.
By good seamanship, Beckman held his boat against the other until the woman and child and tow stranded then could be transferred.
They were taken to a point near the end of the bridge and Beckman immediately began a search for the others, but they were no were seen again.
Mrs. Addison was in a hysterical condition when she was taken to shore realizing that her husband and child had been drowned .she was attended by a physician and later taken home.
The Coast Guard was seen on the spot and they began at once the work of dragging for bodies but were unable to locate them.
There is an especially high run of these and this caused the able current to run out with more than the ordinary speed and it is feared that the bodies were swept out to sea.
All of the people were from Seabrook and were on a pleasure trip.
The little boy lived directly across from the Addison's and was taken along with the party.
The accident was seen from the bridge and in a short time it was shortly congested with automobiles already to assist but there was nothing they could do.
For some time after the accident, it was reported that there had been only three drowned, the little Eaton boy being forgotten in the excitement, and it was not until his parents began to make inquires as in the lad, that to nobody apparently saw him after the boat turned over.
William Munroe Addison (1881 - 1922)
Emma D Eaton Mestretta (1885 - 1967)
Hannah Belle Addison (1908 - 1910)*
William N Addison (1915 - 1922)
Josephine G Mestretta Perkins (1927 - 1997)**
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Paula G Fowler
Record added: Oct 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21956578