|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from
microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/13/1913.
Ernest Vanhorn Drowned
Ernest Vanhorn, the 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Vanhorn,
of Stumptown, came to his death, reported to be by drowning in a hole of
water near Bub Fetty's in Steer creek, on the night of May 3rd. The
report was that he and a number of other young men were fishing when in
some manner he got in beyond his depth and was drowned before help could
The manner of his death is mysterious, as the width of the creek at
that place is not more than twenty feet, and it looks very probable that
some of his companions could have rescued him.
A rumor is current that young Vanhorn and his companions were dynamiting
for fish; that one charge had been placed in the water and after several
minutes had elapsed and the fishers had decided that the charge was not
going off, another one was placed in the hole. Subsequently one charge
exploded and Vanhorn and two of his companions went into the water to gather
up the fish when the second explosion occurred, killing Vanhorn and injuring
the other two. This version of the sad affair is generally accepted
as true hereabouts.