LEMKE, Leslie 1888-1931
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 8/28/2015 at 17:52:24
Bodies Of Three Ackley Men Are Taken From Lake
Three Days' Search For Missing Men In Clear Lake Tragedy Ends Saturday
The bodies of Herman Becker, Robert Young and Leslie Lemke, the three men who were drowned in Clear Lake last Wednesday, were recovered Saturday afternoon after a three days' search. The men had left home early Wednesday morning for a day's fishing trip at the lake. When they did not return home Wednesday night, search for them was made. Their boat was found Thursday morning drifting in the lake. It is believed the boat capsized in rough water and that the men were carried to the bottom. There was no eyewitness to the tragedy.
The body of Lemke was the first recovered. It was about four feet below the surface of the water and about 600 feet from the spot where the overturned boat was found. Herman Becker's body was found shortly after in the same vicinity and the body of the third man was found near by a little later.
The remains were taken to the homes of the dead men Saturday night. A double funeral service was held at Ackley Sunday afternoon for Becker and Young. Lemke's remains were taken to his former home at Reinbeck for burial.
Herman Becker was 57 years old. He was born near Ackley and lived there all of his life. He was a carpenter and was unmarried. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Frank Miske, with whom he made his home, Mrs. Fred Aldinger from Rowan, and Mrs. Anna Iblings from Hartford, Wis. and one brother, Will, who lives four miles north of Ackley.
Robert Young was 27 years old. He is the youngest son of Theodore Young of Ackley. He was a member of the garage firm of Esser & Young of Ackley. He was married eight years ago. The wife and two small children survive. The youngest of the children is but two months old.
Leslie Lemke is a son of Mrs. George Lemke of Reinbeck. He was 42 years old and was raised and grew to manhood in the Reinbeck vicinity. During the past six years he was employed as clerk in the Ackley post office. He is survived by his mother, one brother and five sisters.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 June 1931, pg 1
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