Buckeyestown, MD Monocacy River Drownings, Jul 1920

Two Girls Drown In The Monocacy

Buckeyestown Young Women Sink Locked in Each Others Arms.

Tragic Ending To Party

Help Comes Too Late. Physicians Make Vain Effort to Revive Victims.

ELIZABETH BALL, aged 17, daughter of S.M. Ball, Buckeyestown, and ELIZABETH PLANT, aged 17, daughter of Mrs. Mary Plant, of the same town were drowned Tuesday afternoon in seven feet of water in the Monocacy River at Buckeyestown. They went under locked in each other’s arms, the Ball girl trying vainly to save her friend, Miss Plant, who could not swim. From the bank a sister, Anna Ball, Mary Butler, of Buckeyestown, and Charlotte Haller, of Frederick, after having made several unsuccessful attempts to aid in the rescue, watched the two girls, their chums, drown. They screamed for help but it came too late. The two bodies were recovered about two hours later. They were found almost side by side.

It was a tragic ending to a swimming party, composed of the two victims, Anna Ball, Mary Butler, of Buckeyestown; Charlotte Haller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion C. Haller, of Frederick; Ella Batson, of Washington; Irene Harper, of Monrovia; Otho Keller and Mehl Grummell, of Buckeyestown. At the river’s bank the party separated, the Misses Batson and Harper accompanying Keller and Grummell on a canoeing trip. The other group went swimming. When the two girls went under the canoeing party was half a mile upstream, and arrived at the scene half an hour after the drowning.

With the exception of the Plant girl, other members of the party could swim. They were wading toward a diving board, the Plant girl insisting that she be allowed to wade as far as she could and the other members of the party assisting her over the deep places. When in about seven feet of water she began to flounder and became excited. Her four companions assisted, her but she struggled, each time going under. Elizabeth Ball, being among the most expert of the swimmers, finally drew her chum on her back and she began swimming for the shore. The other members of the party, exhausted, pulled for shore. When they looked around both of their chums were floundering. The two went under, came to the surface several times and then disappeared.

Three physicians were summoned and rendered first aid, in the hope of restoring life, but without results. The girls had been dead two hours before the bodies were recovered.

S.M. Ball, father of Elizabeth Ball, and Alin plant, brother of Elizabeth Plant, assisted about 25 men from Buckeyestown in the search for the bodies.

The Gettysburg Times, Gettysburg, PA 14 Jul 1920


Girl Gets Hero Award

Buckeyestown Young Lady Died Trying To Save Others.

Miss Elizabeth Ball, aged 17, of Buckeyestown, Maryland, was one of the five recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund in awards announced Friday night in Pittsburg. It will be remembered that Miss Ball died while attempting to save another girl from drowning in the Monocacy river, Buckeyestown, July 13, 1920. Her father will receive a silver medal.

Twenty three acts of heroism were recognized by the Hero Commission. Dependents of three of those who gave their lives saving others will receive pensions aggregating $1,920 a year, while another’s dependents will received the sum of $2,500.

In addition to these money grants in nine cases awards aggregating $14,400 were appropriated for educational purposes and in six cases awards aggregating $5,500 were made for other worthy purposes.

The Gettysburg Times, Gettysburg, PA 30 Apr 1921