Oakland, CA Goat Island Boat Accident, Apr 1931

Five Rich Californians Believed Drowned; Boat Upset

OAKLAND, Calif., April 27. (AP)--A search was pressed today for five prominent and wealthy Piedmont residents believed to have drowned with the capsizing of their motorboat off Goat Island. Airplanes augmented shore patrols.

The missing are Gilbert Loken, Jr., San Francisco stock broker, Mrs. Mary Loken, his wife; Carl E. Jefferson, Oakland insurance man; Mrs. Lydia Jefferson, his wife, and Sheridan Hubbard, 34, manager of an Oakland building and loan company.

Fitchburg Sentinel, Fitchburg, MA 27 Apr 1931


Search For Five Lost In Pacific

Rescue Parties Conduct Hunt By Air And Water; Boat Capsizes.

San Francisco, April 27.---Rescue parties, searched San Francisco Bay by air and water today with only faint hope that five members of the younger social set, missing since their small boat capsized early Sunday, would be found alive.

Those missing were Gilbert Loken, Jr., of Piedmont, thirty-one, San Francisco stock broker, and his wife, Mrs. Mary Loken, twenty-eight, Carl E. Jefferson, thirty-four, Oakland insurance man, and Mrs. Lydia Jefferson, thirty-one and A. Sheridan Hubbard, thirty-three, Piedmont manager of an Oakland building and loan association.

The tragedy was discovered by Captain John A. Johnson of the Crowley tug No. 16, who found Jefferson's new fifteen-foot motorboat "Chuckie" floating upside down off Yarba Buena island. The families of the missing boaters already had become alarmed over their absence, and news of the discovery started a widespread search.

Gilbert Loken, Sr., wealthy Piedmont resident, ordered five airplanes from Oakland and one from San Francisco to join the hunt, while small boats from the St. Francis, Corinthian and Oakland yacht clubs and the police departments of San Francisco and Oakland followed zig-zag courses over the water.

Only a single clue to the party was found---a lemon colored scarf caught on a gunwale of the boat. Loken, Sr., identified the scarf as the property of his daughter-in-law.

Harbor officials expressed the belief that the "Chuckie" was caught in the wake of a ferry boat or had been swamped by a wave. The sea was choppy when the five started early Sunday morning from the Oakland Yacht Club, where they had been attending a dance.

Olean Evening Times, Olean, NY 27 Apr 1931