History of Fayette County, Iowa,
A history of the County, its Cities, Towns Etc.
to H. F. Kett & Co.
|THE DROWNING OF YOUNG ROSIER
|Early in June,
1849, several young men, among whom were Strphen Bailey, ---
Sackett, --- Toombs, --- Ryan and Dickson or Dickinson,
went to the cabin of William M. Rosier, on Section 32, Town 95,
Range 8, and desired to go down to the Volga with them on a
fishing excursion. He had a fine pair of horses and they said
they wanted his team to haul their fish home. He declined to go
that day, but said if they went, he would come down the next day
and haul up the fish, and this arrangement was agreed upon.
Accordingly, the next dy young Rosier drove down to the Volga
where he found the party just at night, encamped in an Indian
wigwam, that stood on the banks of the stream, near Padelford's
ford, which was near Culver's old trading house.
morning he was drowned, and following is the account given by
his companions. Of course there were no other witnesses:
|"They were fishing with a seine or net, it
seems, and after setting it the next morning, it was
suggested that one of the party should go up stream and
beat down with a pole to drive the fish into the net.
One after another declined to go because they could not
swim, until young Rosier said he would go--he could
swim. He went, they said, and in wading down stream
stepped into a hole, sunk and never rose. They trew a
rail toward him, but he did not rise. Instead of making
an effort to get him out, his companions started off to
find a manto help, and it was some time before his body
was recovered, which was done by dragging with the
seine. They put his body in his wagon and drove him home
to his cabin, but Henry Smith followed, had the body
brought back to his house (as they said they were
intending to dig a hole near his cabin and bury him
there), where he recieved a decent burial.
George N. Rosier states that his brother had several hundred
dollars in silver and gold, but that none of it was found aftr
his death. Whether he had it in a belt atound his person when he
was drowned or whether it was concealed in his cabin has never
been known. It is saidthat Ryan was afterward seen to have a
belt full of silver and gold while at work harvesting near
Padelford's that Fall. It is also stated that when the
cabin built by Rosier in 1848, and occupied by Jacob Hoover,
after his death, was torn down , the workmen found a mortise in
one of the timbers supporting the puncheon floor, that might
have been made and used as a "safe" for his money, by the
unfortunate young man. Public opinion was divided on the
question whether Rosier was drowned accidentally--the prevailing
impression favoring that construction--but that some one who
knew where his money was kept stole it after his death, there
can be but little doubt.