Youth Drowns in Steer Creek in 1913

(09/01/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/13/1913.

Ernest Vanhorn Drowned

Ernest Vanhorn, the 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Vanhorn, of Stumptown, came to his death, reported to be by drowning in a hole of water near Bub Fetty's in Steer creek, on the night of May 3rd.  The report was that he and a number of other young men were fishing when in some manner he got in beyond his depth and was drowned before help could reach him.

The manner of his death is mysterious, as the width of the creek at that place is not more than twenty feet, and it looks very probable that some of his companions could have rescued him.

A rumor is current that young Vanhorn and his companions were dynamiting for fish; that one charge had been placed in the water and after several minutes had elapsed and the fishers had decided that the charge was not going off, another one was placed in the hole.  Subsequently one charge exploded and Vanhorn and two of his companions went into the water to gather up the fish when the second explosion occurred, killing Vanhorn and injuring the other two.  This version of the sad affair is generally accepted as true hereabouts.


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