|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1878|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1909|
St. Clair County
Port Huron Daily Times, No. 107, Saturday, Port Huron, Michigan, July 17, 1909.
MARINE REPORTER DROWNS IN THE LAKE;....THE VICTIMS.
Anthony Conkey, marine reporter for the Kendall Reporting company, aged 31, drowned in Lake Huron.....HIS BOAT IS CAPSIZED ANTHONY CONKEY IS THROWN IN LAKE NEAR LIGHTSHIP. HAD JUST THROWN LINE TO STEAMER WOODFORD. BROTHER JUMPS INTO LAKE TO SAVE HIS LIFE.
Anthony Conkey, aged 31 years, a Kendall marine reporter, and son of Captain Arthur Conkey, of 718 Erie street, was drowned near the lightship, at the foot of Lake Huron, at 3:30 o'clock this morning.
Mr. Conkey went on duty at 12 o'clock, and after meeting a number of vessels in the river, caught a tow into Lake Huron. He made fast to the lightship until shortly after 3 o'clock, when he caught sight of the steamer W. R. Woodford, W. L. Montgomery, captain. He rowed out into the lake and threw a line to the steamer. It was caught by a deckhand by the name of Chas. Wilson. Immediately after the deckhand found that his right arm was fast under the line, and he began to call for help. Arthur Conkey, mate of the Woodford, and a brother of the marine reporter, took in the situation. At the same time he noticed that his brother's boat had capsized. He pulled a knife from his pocket, cut the tow line, threw off his coat and vest, grabbed a life preserver and calling out, "Tell the captain I am going to save Tony's life," I jumped into the lake. By this time, however the marine reporter had disappeared. There was quite a sea on at the time, which prevented him from keeping afloat until help reached him.
The steamer Mack was passing up at the time, and the crew noticed that Arthur Conkey, mate of the Woodford was nearly exhausted. A boat was quickly lowered, and he was rescued, and put aboard of the steamer Penobscot. The captain of the boat supplied Mr. Conkey with dry clothing and brought him to the Butler street dock.
The steamer Woodford made a landing at Miller's coal dock, and Wilson, the deckhand, was taken to Dr. Morey's office, where it was found that the muscles of his arm were badly torn, but no bones were broken. The boat left for Cleveland at 9 a. m.
Arthur Conkey, mate of the Woodford, said to The Times this afternoon: "As we neared the foot of the lake I was taking in the log line. I recognized Tony in his boat, and sang out, 'I will be with you in a minute.' Soon after I noticed that a line from my brother's boat had been thrown aboard the Woodford, and the deckhand's arm was fast under it. I also noticed that my brother was struggling for his life in the lake. I jumped into the water, but I was too late, Tony had gone down. Marine Reporter Riggs and myself have been up to the scene of the drowning, but could find not trace of the body. Tony had been in the employ of the Kendall Marine Reporting Co. since the opening of navigation. He was an expert oarsman and a good swimmer. I am at a loss to understand what overturned the boat. I will remain ashore for some time and try and recover the body of my brother." Tony Conkey, the drowned marine reporter, was a popular young man, and his drowning comes as a shock to his many friends.
Captain Arthur Conkey, father of the drowned young man, says: "The deckhands on the steamer were responsible for the overturning of my son's boat. They must have handled the line in an awkward manner."
Sanitary inspector Brittain Clarke and Capt. Conkey are engaged grappling for the body in Lake Huron this afternoon.
Port Huron Daily Times, Monday, July 16, 1909
DRAG FOR BODY
Attempts to Recover Remains of Anthony Conkey Unsuccessful.
Sanitary Inspector Clarke and Capt. Conkey, the father, spent Saturday afternoon dragging the St. Clair river at the foot of Lake Huron trying to find the body of Tony Konkey, drowned Saturday morning. They were unsuccessful. All day Sunday the lake was rough and great waves dashed on the beach. Friends of the young man were present hoping the young man's body would be washed ashore.
A close watch will be kept along the river by the marine reporters in hopes of finding the body when it comes up.
Arthur Martin Conkey (1851 - 1934)
Wilhelmina C. Krause Conkey (1851 - 1928)
Charles Martin Conkey (1874 - 1937)*
Arthur T Conkey (1877 - 1939)**
Fred Anthony Conkey (1878 - 1909)
St. Clair County
Plot: Block F Lot 27
Created by: Barbara Wilson Krause
Record added: Jun 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91646046