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 Alonzo Boswick Chase

Alonzo Boswick Chase

Death 30 Aug 1907 (aged 18)
Copake, Columbia County, New York, USA
Burial New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
Memorial ID 5041254 · View Source
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Died by drowning.

He was born July 1889 in New York State, son of Henry and Jane Chase, according to the 1900 census.

The story of his death as recounted in the "Jersey Journal," (Jersey City, NJ), Page: 8, Wednesday, August 28, 1907

"Alonzo Chase Drowned in Copake Lake
Son of Supt. Chase of Standard Oil Sank in Sight of Rescuers.
Father prostrated over the News.

Alonzo Chase, 18 years old son of Henry Chase, superintendent of the crude oil department of the Standard Oil Company at its Constable Hook plant, was drowned yesterday at Copake Lake, near Hudson, N. Y. where he was one of the summer colony.
The young man was well known in Bayonne, and the news of his death will be a shock to a host of friends.
Recently his family moved to Staten Island, where they are now living. Mr. Chase, who was in his office when he learned of his son's death, is prostrated.
Alonzo Chase went to the water with his brother-in-law, Richard Gaddis, of New York, entered a row boat alone and pulled three hundred feet from shore and dived overboard.
He was a fair swimmer, but soon he shouted for help, and H. C. Norton of Yonkers made fpor the only boat in sight to go to his rescue, in which Mr. Gaddis assisted.
Unfortunately the boat was fastened to the shore, and when the would-be rescuers finally broke the chain they found the boat was without oars.
Norton used a piece of wood as a paddle, while Gaddis paddled with both hands.
They were within one hundred feet of Alonzo Chase when he sank.
It is believed the young man was seized with cramps."

The incident was also reported in the "Evening Star," Washington, D. C.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alonzo Boswick Chase (Jul 1889–30 Aug 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5041254, citing Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA ; Maintained by Richard E. Wagner (contributor 15071858) .