Tama County Iowa Obituaries

Eddie Vanwinkle

The Toledo Chronicle
Toledo, Tama Co. Iowa
July 22, 1875


Eddie Vanwinkle a son of Mr. and Mrs. I. I. Vanwinkle, was drowned last Sunday in Big Creek while bathing with four of his companions. His parents live about two miles north of Dysart. He with other boys was at the creek about two miles north of his home. He could not swim and one of his companions undertook to swim the creek with Eddie on his back, he became frightened and they were all unable to save him. The stream was very high with current swift and strong. It was but a few minutes until crowds of people had gathered upon the banks of the stream to search for the drowned boy. Diligent search was made for him till about one o'clock at night (it was three o'clock in the afternoon he was drowned.) the moon went down rendering it impossible to hunt for him any longer. At the break of day the next morning the people began to gather upon the banks of the stream to renew the search for the boy, and every visible means thought of was procured to find him, and one o'clock came and so far the search had been fruitless. It was proposed to try firing off an anvil; they were speedily procured and fired from a boat over the water where he was last seen. About four o'clock the body was discovered floating about fifty rods below where he had drowned, the anvil unquestionably had raised him. He was taken home to his parents. His was sixteen years of age, an intelligent and industrious youth, and was highly respected by those who knew him. He was much beloved by his parents, brother and sisters, and they mourn their loss deeply. The funeral services were preached at 10 o'clock on Tuesday by Rev. Wm. Hughs, of Vinton, after which the corpse was taken to the cemetery near by, where it was interred while a multitude of people stood by in sympathy with the bereaved parents. His mother and a sister Mrs. A. Ranston, have been invalids for some time and the terrible shock will be hard for them to endure. They deserve the sympathy of the people and the prayers of all Christians.

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