WOLCOTT, Harry 1858-1869
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/16/2014 at 08:48:46
Sad Calamity--Jimmy and Harry Wolcott, aged respectively, about 11 and 16 years, and sons of A. Wolcott, Station Agent at New Hartford, were drowned in the Beaver last Saturday afternoon about 4 o'clock, P.M., while in bathing. The youngest boy ventured too far from shore, and got into water about eight feet deep, and not being able to swim, he went down. Jimmy seeing his brother drowning made an attempt to rescue him, when the youngest one caught hold of him, and both went down together. A boy by the name of Gibson undertook to assist them and he too was taken down, but finally succeeded in extricating himself and came ashore and gave the alarm; but it was too late when assistance arrived. For although they were found in a few minutes after help came, yet life was extinct. Dr. Spooner did everything to resuscitate them that could be done, but without avail. Their funeral was held at the Baptist Church last Sunday and was the largest ever held in this part of the country. Elder Judson preached a very impressive and appropriate sermon from Genesis 43:14, after which they were place in the same grave. This sad and heart-rending affair has cast a gloom over the entire community, and Mr. Wolcott has the sympathy of every person.
Jimmy Wolcott was of the brightest and best boys in this county and will be remembered by hundreds as "train boy" on the D. & S. C. R. R. He was a member of the Baptist Church and an ornament to society. Harry was also a good and promising boy of his years.
--Grundy County Atlas (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 July 1869, pg 4
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