|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1887|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1900|
The bodies of Paul H. May. Jr., and Benjamin Nicholas Carroll, generally known as Benny Burton, the boys who were drowned in the river yesterday afternoon, have both been recovered. A net was used in recovering the body of Paul and his remains were recovered in the first drag between 4 and 5 o'clock yesterday. Divers were at work till dark last night, and everything that could be thought of was done to locate the body of Burton, but the rescuers had to give up their task, only to return to it with untiring energy at daybreak this morning. Their efforts were rewarded about 1:30 p.m. today, when the body of the colored boy were dragged out by means of an old hay rake.
Several of the rescuing party narrowly escaped a similar fate to that which overtook the boys. Charles Dillery, an employee of the rolling mill, and one of the first to engage in the work, was taken with cramps and for a time was in a most critical condition. He was twice seized, the first time falling in a heap on the bank of the river. After the second attack it became necessary to bring him to town in a wagon.
A boat was taken down last evening and the search kept up with nets and grappling hooks, but without success. This morning a great many sacks were filled with sand and thrown into the opening of the old dam to divert the current. A raft was constructed and the men worked around in the hole, feeling of the bottom with a pole as they went hither and thither. Jack Passo, a one-armed sheepherder, did good work in the search, the water and wind apparently having little effect upon him. Whenever it was thought that the pole had touched the body he was ready to go to the bottom of the hole, the depth of which was variously estimated at from twelve to twenty feet at the deepest point.
Several small shots of dynamite were exploded in the water last night in an effort to raise the body to the surface but the only result was the killing of a great many fish. Large quantities of fish were also caught in the net and all taken home by the bystanders.
The idea was finally conceived of dragging an old hay rake through the stream. A long rope was attached to the rake and stretched across the river. Drayman Smith's team was then hitched to the rope and the rake pulled through to the opposite bank. One drag was made before noon, and the first drag after dinner was rewarded with success. The body had not been injured to any extent by the implements used to recover it. It was taken to the home of the boy's mother, on the corner of Thornburgh and Ninth streets.
Paul Herman May was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. May, and was 13 years, 1 month and 7 days old at the time of his death. He was an unusually bright lad, and was well liked by his many school mates. He was a dutiful son and worked hard to please his parents. He has often, during vacation, taken charge of his father's confectionery store, during the latter's absence, and was a great help to him. The boy had an aptitude for study that kept him at the head of his classes always. He was fond of his books, particularly of mathematics, and at the close of the last term was promoted, with several others, from the sixth to the eighth grade, passing over the seventh altogether. For this he was highly praised by his teachers and parents. He liked his studies and spent many hours over his books that might have been devoted to play, were he so inclined. The grief of his parents is inconsolable, and they have the heartfelt sympathy of many who knew the boy's worth.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of his parents on Seventh street, near Park avenue. Those who wish to view the remains can do so after 10 o'clock tomorrow forenoon. The Kid band, of which Paul was a member, will turn out in a body at the funeral.
Excerpts from © Daily Boomerang no. 107 July 18, 1900, page 2
Paul Herman May (____ - 1940)
Plot: Row IOOF Lot 27 Space 5
Created by: Lostnwyomn
Record added: Oct 16, 2011
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