Freak Accident Claims Toddler's Life in 1951


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/13/1951.

Chloe Child Drowns in Five Gallon Jar

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Carl Leroy Copen, 10-months-old tot who was drowned in a five gallon jar of water Sunday.

The child, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Copen of Chloe, was reported to have drowned when he fell into the jar while playing in the yard at the J.G. King residence at Chloe.  He was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Spencer Hospital.

Survivors include his parents, Carl and Dorothy King Copen; a sister, Carol Rose Copen, at home; and the grandparents, J.L. and Julia King, Walton, and Mr. and Mrs. Tilts Copen of O'Brien.