Local Boy Drowns in LK in 1921


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/21/1921.

Popular Boy Drowns

Grantsville and its surrounding community received a dreadful shock Wednesday evening when news was telephoned here that Roy Smith, 14 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Smith, of this place, had been accidently drowned in the Little Kanawha river at Burning Springs.

The young man was riding the waves of the Steamer Return which had just passed Burning Springs on its way to Creston, when in some manner the skiff in which he was riding was capsized and he was thrown into the water.  He was inexpert in swimming and before help could get to him he was drowned.  He was in the water only a few moments it is said, and for a while there was hope that he might be resuscitated.  All such efforts proved in vain despite the fact that every possible measure was resorted to.

The young man with his parents and other members of the family were spending a few days at the home of Mrs. Smith's mother, Mrs. M.J. Tanner, when the terrible tragedy occurred.  The accident happened nearly directly in front of the Tanner home and it is said that it was witnessed by the distracted and heartbroken mother.

Roy Smith, during the few months that the family had lived here, had won a large number of friends on account of his genial and kindly disposition and his sterling traits of character.  And the most profound and sincere grief was shown by all who knew him when they learned of his sudden and tragic death.

Funeral services will be conducted over the remains Saturday afternoon and interment will be made in the cemetery on the ridge near Burning Springs.