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Robert Thomas Burlison
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1941
White County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 1947
White County
Illinois, USA


Headline: John Burlison, 31, And Two Sons Die On Fishing Trip

Bodies Of All Three Recovered Near Place Boat Was Found

A father and two sons were drowned in the Little Wabash River Tuesday evening two miles west of the Union School and a half mile from the Benner farm in Herald Prairie Township.

Those who died were: John Burlison, 31, a farmer, and his two sons, Joseph Albert, 11 and Robert Thomas, 6.

Mrs. Mamie Burlison, the wife and mother, sat on the front porch of their farm home on Route 5, Carmi, at 10:30 AM Wednesday and told about events leading to the tragedy. At The time she wasn't even sure that they were drowned. She only knew that they had been missing since 4:30 PM Tuesday and that she had kept an all-night vigil for them.

The father and two sons left at 4:30 Tuesday to set a trot line. They were using an old boat which leaked. The father was a good swimmer.

When they didn't return for supper Mrs. Burlison waited, expecting them any minute. By 9PM she was alarmed, declaring that she knew by then " that something was badly wrong." Midnight came and went and by 1:30 Mrs. Burlison was on her way to a neighboring farmhouse to use a telephone. She called her brother, Norman Stephan, of Carmi, and he went to his sister's home.

Sheriff Kenneth Cole and State Policeman Ralph Nelson went to the river at daylight to start the search for the bodies. They found the boat and in it were the shoes of the three and their fishing tackle.

Four boat loads of searchers dragged the river and the banks were lined with dozen of neighbors and friends. It was a long and hot search. At 10:45AM am man called out: "Here are two of them." He had caught on to a piece of Mr. Burlison's clothing. Pulling the bodies up, he announced that it was Mr. Burlison and the elder son.

The boy was on his father's back and his fingers were clinging desperately to his father's overalls.

The Kittinger ambulance was called and it took the two bodies to the funeral home. The search continued for the third body, and it was finally found at 12:30PM just a short distance from the spot where the other two had been found. The younger boy's body was recovered at 12:30PM Wednesday.

Mr. Burlison was a farmer, renting the Benner Place in Herald Prairie Township, about two miles west of Union School.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:30PM Friday at the New Haven Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in the Kuykendall Cemetery. The bodies were to be kept at the Kittinger Funeral Home until time for the funeral.

Mr. Burlison leaves his wive, Mamie, two daughters, Edith Marie, 2, and Ruby Leona, 9; his father, John Burlison, of St. Louis, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lang, near Carmi.

Kuykendall Cemetery
White County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Genealogynut
Record added: Sep 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97604018
Robert Thomas Burlison
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