|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1897|
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1942|
Thursday, July 2, 1942
SEWELL LOGGINS, HARRY YOUNG AND SON DROWN AS BOAT CAPSIZES
The waters of Lake Burton early Wednesday night claimed the lives of three Toccoans, who with two others had gone to the lake to enjoy motor boating.
The drowned are Harry Young, 45, his son, Bruce Young, 7, and Sewell Loggins, about 30 years old.
Others in the boating party were O. B. Leverett, sales manager of Ford Motor Company in Atlanta and Leonard Jordan, Jr., of Claud Groover firm, local Ford dealer.
Mr. Loggins, Leverett and Jordan had gone to the lake about 7:30 in the evening, and were joined a few minutes later by Mr. Young and his son, when it was suggested the party take a ride in a motorboat.
A trial ride around the lake, near LaPrade's Camp failed to disclose anything wrong with either the boat or the little single cylinder Johnson outboard motor, whereupon the Toccoans headed their boat out into the lake, when a sudden dip to the left, then on to the right, with possibly a third tilt in the effort to "straighten up" the boat caused water to rush in, whereupon the craft sank beneath the passengers in a brief moment's time.
Just as quickly as the boat sank, Jordan and Leverett swam to the aid of Mr. Loggins who could not swim, and noticed that Mr. Young was grabbing for his son. Young reached for the boy, grabbed his shirt, which tore, then swam towards the little fellow again, this time, it appeared that both father and son locked arms, and both went down in an instant, never to return.
Mr. Leverett stated that immediately after the boat had sun, all five appeared on the water's surface, and it seemed that Loggins was taking care of himself, by reason of the fact he had his head out of the water. By the time the boat had reappeared on the surface, and both Leverett and Jordan, who had reached short, after struggling in the water, because of the weight of their clothing, yelled to Loggins to go to the boat, but to no avail, as Loggins seemed to plunge down into the water, not to return.
All five of the party was fully clothed, and Mr. Loggins had on a suede jacket, which is believed by some, to have caused his body to buoy up for the few minutes he struggled in the water.
In the attempt to assist Mr. Young and his son, Leverett became exhausted, and seeing he could do nor further good, swam for the shore. Mr. Young tried valiantly to save his son, and was fearful the rescue could not be effected, and in the terror of the moment became hysterical, Mr. Leverett believes, since Young fought off the attempts of rescue, and was determined to save his son and himself.
All three of the bodies went down in a 10 foot area, Mr. Leverett said, and it happened so quickly that anyone on the shore could readily tell more about the accident, the struggling and what happened during the attempted rescue than could those in the water.
Mr. Young and his son were under the water several minutes before Mr. Loggins went down, Mr. Leverett stated.
Leverett and Jordan summoned help from across the lake, by shouting for assistance, when their cries were answered by someone who fired a pistol several times, thereby causing help to come in boats.
A drag line from the LaPrade camp was used, but great difficulty was experienced in grappling the bodies. The body of Mr. Young was not found until 8 o'clock this morning. The little boy's body was recovered between the time of finding Mr. Loggins and Mr. Young's bodies.
Every possible assistance was given by State Highway Patrol officers in the Lake Burton section, but all efforts to revive were of no avail. Services for Mr. Young and his son will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock at Confidence church near Avalon.
Mr. Young is survived by his wife and one son, Harry Young, Jr., who is with the armed forces of the United States.
Fred Northcutt was in charge of arrangements.
Thomas J. Young (1866 - 1936)
Sarah Catherine Wheeler Young (1870 - 1948)
Gertrude H. Young (1897 - ____)
Thomas Harry Young (1919 - 1971)*
H. Bruce Young (1934 - 1942)*
Avalon (Stephens County)
Created by: Evie Whitfield
Record added: Jun 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92299470