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Otto J. Fada
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Birth: Oct. 11, 1878
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1901
Onondaga County
New York, USA

FADA—On the 23d inst., Otto J. Fada, aged 22 years and 9 months. Funeral at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Schoen, No. [165?] Farmer street, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and at the German Baptist Church in Catherine street at 2:40. Burial at Woodlawn. Friends are invited.

[The Post-Standard, Thursday morning, July 25, 1901, page 5]

Two Drowned
While Swimming

Accident at Catherine-st. Baptist
Church Picnic.

Otto Fada and Fred Braach

The Former Did Not Heed Warning of
Spectators After the Latter Had
Been Drowned at Kirkville.

Two young men were drowned yesterday afternoon in the Erie canal at Kirkville, one of them under the most exciting conditions. They were attending the picnic given by the Catherine-st. Baptists church at Green lake.

About 2:30 o'clock Frederick Braach [sic; Braack] went swimming in the canal and because he had no bathing suit he went about 200 yards above the grove. A boy named Hensel accompanied him, but did not go into the water. Braach had been in the water but a short time when he threw up his arms and appeared to be drowning. Young Hensel was the only other person in sight, but, of course, he could do nothing to save the man. Braach went to the bottom and did not appear again.

Young Hensel ran to the grove to notify the boy's mother. Then the picknickers rushed to the scene. Word was at once sent to Undertaker Traugott.

A short time afterward Otto Fada came up to the excited crowd. He had on his bathing costume. Some bystanders cautioned him not to go into the water, as one boy had already been taken by cramps and drowned and the same thing might happen to him. Fada said that he just wanted to swim for fun and he knew that he would be safe. He would not even dive for the Braach. [sic] Repeated warnings were given to Fada but he did not heed them and in the next instant he jumped into the water and started for the opposite bank. The crowed remarked that he could not swim well. When near the towpath Fada suddenly threw both arms into the air and sunk to the bottom. He never came to the surface.

When Undertaker Traugott arrived he had but one box and after recovering both bodies, one was placed on the wagon bottom and the other in the rough box.

Mr. Fada was born in this city, Otc. [sic; October] 11, 1878, and was the only son of his widowed mother of 109 Farmer-st. His father died when he was a boy and at the age of 15 he was sent to work in a tailor shop to help support his mother. Up to the time of his death he had been working in Walter's tailor shop in Butternut and Park-sts. During the Spanish-American war, he enlisted in the army, but had been there only three months when he was discharged on account of his mother's ill health.

Mrs. Fada when seen this morning by a Journal reporter said that she had a premonition that something was going to happen to her son. She said that when he left home yesterday morning, taking an extra pair of trousers along with him for swimming purposes, that she begged him not to do so, fearing that some accident might befall him. He replied that she should have no fear that he was to good [sic] a swimmer to be drowned. Fada was the main support of his mother.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. to-morrow. Frederick Braach was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Braach of 229 Hier-ave. and has been a wood worker all his life. Up to his death he was engaged at Merriman's factory. He was well known as was a member of the Arbeiter Liedertaffel. He was a lover of music and was soon to be a teacher.

He is survived by his parents, one brother, August Frederick, and two sisters, Henrietta Sophia and Anna Josephine Braach. The funeral will be held at his late home Friday at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. A. Oberlander will officiate. Burial will be made in Oakwood [sic] cemetery.

[The Syracuse Journal, Wednesday, July 24, 1901]
Woodlawn Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 38, Lot 149
Created by: Memories of You
Record added: Oct 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77680561
Otto J. Fada
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