Newcomb, Dwight C. JR 1899-1929
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 5/8/2017 at 12:42:52
Moline, Ill., June 13 - Dwight C. Newcomb, 29, of Monona, Iowa, deckhand on the government boat 'Wakerobin' is believed to have stumbled and fallen into the river and drowned here last night. Newcomb was on the boat when it passed the bridge but was missed shortly before the craft reached the Moline locks. A search is being conducted.
Monona, Ia., June 13 - Dwight C. Newcomb, who is reported to have fallen into the river from the deck of the 'Wakerobin' at Moline, is the son of Dwight Newcomb, Sr., a farmer residing near here. Newcomb, Jr., is one of four sons, two residing in Monona and the other in Chicago. The youth is not married, and has not made his home here regularly for several years.
If fears that Dwight Newcomb fell from the 'Wakerobin' at Moline are grounded, it will be the second tragedy this season for the boat, a government lighthouse tender and one of the best boats on the entire river. Carroll Johnson, Alexandria, Mo., fell from the boat at Spechts Ferry, Ia., early this spring. His body has not been recovered.
~Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, June 13, 1929
Note: the contributor does not know if his body was ever recovered & found no follow-up in newspapers available to her. Dwight's name is inscribed on a tombstone in the family plot, Monona City cemetery, but it may be a cenotaph.
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