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Mathwig, John 1890-1908

MATHWIG, WETROSKY

Posted By: Doris Hoffman, Volunteer (email)
Date: 12/1/2013 at 19:27:43

Note: His mother's maiden name was

DROWNED IN BROKEN KETTLE

JOHN MATHWIG MEETS SAD FATE WHILE OUT FISHING

EFFORTS TO SAVE HIM WEE FUTILE

Eighteen-Year-Old Boy Falls in a Hole in a Creek, and Although Companions Try Hard to Save Him Their Help Was Too Late

John mathwig, aged eighteen years, the son of Julius Mathwig, a well known farmer to Liberty township, while seining for minnows in the Broken Kettle creek last Sunday was accidentally drowned. He was fishing in company with two of his brothers and a brother-in-law, Tom Waddell. The four were all in the water. Laughing and chatting with his companions, John Mathwig, stepped into a deep hold and went under. Within a few seconds from the time he went down his relatives started to his assistance, and his elder brother, George, made a desperate effort to save him and was nearly drowned himself but was rescued by his brother-in-law, Waddell, who then made an effort to save the younger boy. John mathwig was a good swimmer and it is thought he must have been overtaken by cramps. he was brought ashore within a few minutes of the time he sand and efforts were made to resuscitate him but without avail.

The boy had lived all his life on the farm with his father.

The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at the home and the interment made in the Liberty township cemetery.

The deceased lad was a nephew of Mrs. albert Scott,of this city, and Dr. Mathwig, living near Qyens.

Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Friday, August 28, 1908
Le Mars, Iowa


 

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