|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/17/1921.
Steamer Return Burns
The Steamer Return plying the Parkersburg-Creston freight trade, burned
to the water's edge and sank Saturday afternoon. The boat, heavily
loaded with merchandise for up-river points, had reached a point a short
distance below Leachtown when Capt. Russell Righter who was in command
saw flames shooting upwards from the boats deck and in less than ten minutes
the vessel was completely enveloped. As soon as the fire was discovered
the boat was headed for the shore and the crew escaped only with difficulty.
The loss is estimated at fifteen thousand dollars. The boat was
owned by Righters and Gibson, of Creston.