|Death: ||Jun. 29, 1912|
The entire city was shocked yesterday afternoon when the news was flashed about that Duane Foster had drowned while bathing at Lake Minnehaha. Foster who is but 17 years of age, and a senior in the Cheyenne High school, had gone to the lake to swim in company with Roy Jones, Earnest Snow and Donald Van Winkle.
The four lads had been swimming probably half an hour, when they attempted to swim across the canal. Foster started out first, followed closely by Jones. Jones saw instantly that Foster was in trouble, and struck out for him. In the meantime, Van Winkle and Snow started across, but warned by Jones, went back to the shore.
Jones attempted to save Foster, but was twice dragged beneath the water by the struggling lad, and was forced to leave Foster go in order to save himself. Just as Jones let loose, Dwyer Smith, a lad who had just come up, went to the aid of Foster, and tried to keep the drowning boy above water while waiting for aid, but after a short struggle, was forced to relinquish his hold on the now unconscious lad and started for land.
Foster sank immediately from the sight of the terrified boys. After summoning aid, the lads searched the lake, and the body was recovered after half an hour's hard work.
All modes of aid were tried in a vain effort to restore respiration. A number of ladies who were in the park did the first intelligent work in the attempt at life-saving, pumping the unconscious boy's arms up and down. Later on Drs. Conway, Shingle and Johnston arrived and tried vainly to revive Foster. When Coroner Beard arrived he also sought to bring the young back to life, but in vain.
Foster's death was the most pathetic the city has had for some time. In the prime of youth, he was taken just when he was beginning on the most important stage of his life. He would have graduated next year from the High School, where he has hosts of friends who will grieve with his heart-broken parents. He was shining light in the athletic fields. He had lately attended Laramie High School, and played left half-back for the team from that school.
He is survived by his father and mother and one younger sister. P.H. Foster, the father, is a conductor on the Union Pacific and the family has for the last several months resided at 2207 Van Lennen street. There have been no arrangements for the funeral, which will be announced later.
© Sunday State Leader no. 199 June 30, 1912, page 1
Submitted by Lostnwyomn.
Porter Henderson Foster (____ - 1945)
Olivia Vivian Foster (____ - 1952)
Plot: Lot 857 Sec A
Created by: Eric Crow
Record added: Aug 20, 2008
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