Child Rescued from LK River in 1897

(09/14/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/27/1897.

Two small boats collided here last Saturday evening, which came very near costing the life of little Russel, son of A.R. Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson and son, Fred, were coming to this side with a boat and little Russel got in another boat and started to meet them, and did without their seeing him, and when the boats came together Russel fell out in deep water.  This frightened the woman and boy in the boat until they were wholly unable to render any assistance or help the boy out.  Jesse Scott happened along and without hesitating jumped in the river and swam to the boy just as he was sinking to rise no more.  He was perfectly limber and apparently drowned when taken from the water, but after working with him for some time he came around all right.


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