Chester, IL Car Plunges Into River, Apr 1931

SIX DROWN, 5 IN ONE FAMILY.

TWO RESCUED WHEN CAR PLUNGES DOWN EMBANKMENT AND INTO RIVER.

Chester, Ill., April 6. (AP) - A coroner's jury was called today to investigate the drowning of six persons, including an entire family of father, mother and three children, here last night when a motor car in which they were riding plunged down an embankment and into the Mississippi River. Two other occupants of the car were rescued.
JOHN MANESS, of St. Louis, driver of the car, started down the embankment which leads to a ferryboat landing, but had gone only a short distance when he discovered the boat was in the middle of the stream. Upon seeing the car, attends of the boat signaled they would return to the Illinois side, but MANESS appeared to lose control of the vehicle and it plunged ahead at rapid speed.
Attaches of the ferry rescued MANESS and ALLEN BROOKS, who managed to free themselves from the car, a coach, and made futile attempts to pull MRS. MANESS and MR. and MRS. FRANK CERNEY and their three children from the water. Early today all of the bodies with the exception of that of one of the CARNEY children, had been recovered.
The party was enroute to Perryville, Mo., to visit MR. and MRS. MANESS' parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hager, and to help Samuel Maness, who lives with his grandparents, celebrate his eighth birthday. All occupants of the car lived in St. Louis.

The Republic Columbus Indiana 1931-04-06