|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1922|
Rhode Island, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 1933|
Edward McLellan, 10, of Wethersfield and John Tragakiss, 16 drowned.
Neither Boy Able to Swim
Indirectly Friday's heat wave took a toll of two lives here, both lost as the result of seeking relief in the Connecticut and Park rivers. Ten-year-old Edward McLellan, son of Percy McLellan of Wethersfield, was drowned in the Connecticut off Wethersfield, and John Tragakiss, 16, No. 37 Hungerford street, Hartford, lost his life in the Park river near Arlington street.
The body of Tragakiss was recovered four hours afterward by Rocco Camara, 21, of No. 186 Roger street, but that of the small boy had not been found late last night and operations were continued to-day.
McLellan was drowned while swimming with three boys near Marsh street, Wethersfield. He sank within a few feet of the bank of the south meadows, and the only companion who could swim, William Riley, twice tried to pull out McLellan, who was not a swimmer, but after being drawn down both times by the drowning boy, was forced to give up the attempts.
Warned by excited shouting of the boys, Howard F. Knapp, of 111 Garden street, Wethersfield, who was working in a field several hundred yards away, hurried to the Connecticut River bank in Wethersfield, where three boys were running around looking for poles. Learning that one of the group had disappeared in the water, Mr. Knapp, who can not swim, drove to the Comstock Ferre and Company where he is employed, and telephoned to the State Police barracks in Hartford for assistance. He also called Fire Chief H. Francis Hanmer for an inhalator. Unable to supply the need, Chief Hanmer called upon the Hartford Fire Department for pulmotor equipment, and also called Wethersfield firemen to aid in the rescue work.
When rescuers returned to the river bank, it was found that the three companions of the McLellan boy had left. A pair of shorts, a shirt, shoes and stockings were piled on the edge of the bank, but gave no indication of the identity of the owner.
Brother Was Companion
At 3:45 p.m., about two hours after the accident, Roland McLellan, 11, a brother of the drowned boy, returned to the spot with his stepmother, and revealed that he was one of the group. The others were Thomas Dittman and William Riley, junior high school pupils. Roland told the police that his brother was unable to swim, and that he had gone down a few feet from the bank. He said that William Riley, the only companion who could swim, tried to save Edward, but that after being pulled under twice by the helpless boy, was forced to give up his attempts.
The three boys said they were frightened by what had happened, and left the place soon after Mr. Knapp went for help. Roland explained he was afraid to go immediately home, and walked about town before finally telling his stepmother. She was an onlooker while George P. Gilmore, Winthrop Pierson, Irving Parks and Ploiceman O'Toole repeatedly dragged the waters for her step-son. The father of the boy, employed by the Duggan Bakery, was delivering on a New Canaan route, and was not reached.
Policeman O'Toole said Friday night that a motor boat will be used in the search today. Mr. McLellan engaged a diver to work today.
Besides his brother, Roland, the drowned boy leaves a 7-year-old sister. His mother is dead.
Percy Arlington McLellan (1898 - 1964)
Elsie Cecelia Waterbury McLellan (1901 - 1930)
Roland Martin McLellan (1920 - 1987)*
Edward McLellan (1922 - 1933)
Helen Patricia McLellan Smith (1925 - 2003)*
Old North Cemetery
Plot: Section N / Lot 207
Created by: Bob McLellan
Record added: Feb 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104680872