Fall from Riverboat Results in Drowning in 1911


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/24/1911.

Harry Davis Drowned

Harry Davis, aged about 30, an electrician, of Wheeling, was drowned Monday afternoon in the Little Kanawha river about a hundred yards below Lock No. 1 at Shacktown, a short distance above this city.  Davis was a passenger on the steamer Louise bound for Creston, where he was going to visit relatives.  The accident occurred a few minutes after one o'clock.  Davis was standing on the roof of the boat when he suddenly lost his balance and fell into the river.  Several persons saw him fall and they are of the opinion that it was an accident and not any intention upon the part of Davis thus discounting any belief of intention of suicide.

Immediately after Davis fell into the river efforts were made to rescue him but he had gone down for the last time before he could be reached.  The Louise was at once tied up and search was begun for the body.

Davis is an electrician and runs an electric plant in a suburb of Wheeling.  He is survived by a wife and three children.  He came down to this city on his vacation and was going to Mt. Zion for the purpose of visiting some relatives.

The body was recovered late Monday evening after a long and exhaustive search.  Davis was drowned in about 55 feet of water.

The men in charge of the Louise quite naturally very much regret the sad occurrance and they tied their boat up at once and done all in their power to recover the body of Davis.  The latter was not well known in this city but was known to a large number of people up the Little Kanawha river.  -- The Parkersburg State Journal.