Russell Perryman, drowned in April of 1946
Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 3/16/2009 at 14:26:40
YOUTH, 12, DROWNS AFTER RESCUING PAL
Russell Perryman, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Perryman, was drowned in Yellow river Saturday at 12:15 p.m., after he had saved Roderick Imholte from a similar fate.
These boys, together with Russell's brother, Kenneth, had been playing along the bank of the river west of the bridge near the Bray farm, when Roderick fell into the stream and Russell jumped in to help him. He succeeded in getting Roderick close to the bank where Kenneth extended a pole to him and helped him to safety. However, Russell disappeared in the deep water.
The Perryman boys' father, who is a foreman for the Lowe Construction company which is building the new road to Frankville and who was working near the scene of the accident, was hastily summoned. He located his son's body within a few minutes, but his frantic efforts to resuscitate him proved futile. When a doctor arrived on the scene shortly afterward, he pronounced the boy dead.
Coroner Clark Rominger of Waukon was summoned, but decided an inquest was unnecessary, since the drowning was plainly an accident.
Russell was born at Hedrick, Iowa, December 24, 1933, and came to Postville with his parents two weeks ago and entered the sixth grade at the local school. The family lived in their trailer house at the Ricker oil station.
Funeral services will be held today at Hedrick and interment will be in Rock Creek cemetery neat that city.
Postville Herald newspaper clipping, hand dated April 13, 1946, from my mother's obituary collection.
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