CHS Grid Star Drowns in 1950

(05/08/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/20/1950.

Richard Hathaway, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orvan Hathaway of Phillips Run, was drowned in the Little Kanawha river near Russett, Saturday evening while swimming with friends.

The accident occurred about seven o'clock.  Efforts were made to locate the body without success until 8:30 when it was found by Jack Stump who was in a boat using a long pole to search the muddy waters.  Elwin Wilson who was among those summoned for help, dived to a depth of 12 feet and was able to pull the body from the river where artificial respiration was given for 45 minutes.  Dr. John S. Boling and Coroner Gerald Stump pronounced him dead after that time.

It is believed the river victim suffered severe leg cramps before he drowned as those bringing the body to the surface explained that the boy's knees were drawn up as if caused in this manner.

Grantsville volunteer firemen, Stump's ambulance and others answered the call for aid, and a large crowd gathered along the river bank during the search.

Young Hathaway would have entered the senior class of Calhoun county high school this September.  Last year he was a first team tackle on the football squad and vice-president of his class. The family home is on State Route 16, one mile from Grantsville.  He had been employed this summer by the Acme Construction company, having worked in Wyoming county.

Surviving in addition to his parents are five brothers, Robert, Carlton, James, Wesley, and Ernest, all at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Warder E. Stump of Staten; paternal grandparents, Curtis Hathaway of Grantsville.

The Rev. C.E. Stump officiated at the services Tuesday at the Mt. Zion church.  Members of the 1949-50 Calhoun county football squad were active and honorary pallbearers.  Burial was in the Mt. Zion cemetery.


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