|Death: ||Jun. 14, 1921|
Louis Raymond Fowler, aged fourteen, was drowned while swimming in a reservoir at the J.T. Bell ranch, nine miles west of Cheyenne on the Happy Jack road, about 3:30 p. m. Tuesday. No inquest will be held by Coroner Finkbiner.
While fishing at the reservoir, the boy was suddenly seen by one of the brothers to be struggling in the water. His clothes were found lying on the bank and it is presumed that he went swimming and was seized by a cramp which prevented him from reaching there. The victim was the son of H.R. Fowler, an employee of the Union Pacific store department.
Young Fowler was accompanied by his two younger brothers only. The older of these, who is 12, said he saw Louis come up and go down three times, screaming for help, and that when Louis went down the third time and did not come up he and his younger brother were so badly scared that they stood frozen into inactivity by horror for a few moments, then ran for help as fast as they could go. The two boys ran more than a mile before they found James Redd walking along the road, on the way home from the little school on the Happy Jack road, where he taught last term.
Redd, who had taught all three of the Fowler boys, hastened to the reservoir, where within a short time he succeeded in locating and pulling out the body of the other brother. Redd worked heroically administering first aid and trying in every way to revive the spark of life that had been smothered for more than a half hour by the murky waters of the reservoir. After sending one of the boys to get help he continued his battle with death for the life of his former pupil, but death was unrelenting.
The call for help was telephoned to Dr. J.H. Conway and Sheriff Carroll. The sheriff hurried to the fire station and picked up Captain M.F. Grace, Fireman Bell and Fireman Elkar, who carrying the only lungmotor in the city, made a record-breaking dash, urged on by the hope that they might yet save the life of the boy. When they arrived, however, Dr. Conway already had pronounced the lad dead. Two hours had passed since the time of drowning and life had been extinguished.
The body was carried to the Fowler home, which is about a mile and a half from the reservoir. Coroner Finkbiner was called. The inquest may be held today.
© Wyoming State Tribune no. 155 June 15, 1921, page 8
Submitted by Lostnwyomn.
Plot: Lot 1700 Sec D
Created by: Eric Crow
Record added: Aug 20, 2008
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