|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1914|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 1922|
Printed in Daily Herald on 9/11/1922:
"LAD DROWNS IN CHANNEL"
"Yesterday, while bathing on East Beach, John, the eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spallino, was drowned. The lad, who had been living in Biloxi for some time, was swimming with a number of other lads when he got beyond his depth and sank. Shortly after his disappearance persons nearby recovered the body and went to work in an effort to save the child. The pulmotor was secured and a physician was summoned who found that life was extinct. The death of the youngster caused profound sorrow in the eastern section of the city. His parents came to Biloxi some time ago to be employed in a local packing concern. The little fellow's remains were buried today. In speaking of the death of his son this morning Mr. Spallino said that the little fellow could not swim. He had begged to be taken to the swimming hole near the Dunbar & Dukate factory where lads go bathing each day, but he could not go owing to his age and not knowing how to swim. He said that the little fellow left home yesterday morning with some playmates to hunt walnuts. This they evidently were successful in for his little cap was found held some of the nuts when found besides his clothes. He thinks his friends went home and that he went for a swim by himself; that after laying his clothes upon the slab pile he waded into the water. Here the depth ranges from two to six feet. It is believed that he walked right into deep water and sank without an outcry. Some time later Frank Bosarge and others happened into the vicinity and discovered his body floating near shore. Mr. Bosarge notified Chief of Police Bills, who in turn notified a physician, all of whom worked fully for an hour over the lad in an effort to revive him."
Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Records, Book 12, pg 48: John's father, Joseph, was from Donaldsonville, La., and his mother, Mary, was from Italy.
Biloxi City Cemetery
Plot: Mrs. Allen Waters lot, section 4
Created by: Carmella Seymour
Record added: Mar 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50252892