Sharon, MA Boating Accident, June 1896

BOY WHO FELL OUT WAS SAVED.

BOAT UPSETS IN LAKE MASSAPOAG AND FIVE ARE DROWNED.

Sharon, Mass., June 30. -- Four choir boys and the choirmaster of St. John's Episcopal Church of Charleston were drowned in Lake Massapoag.
The dead:
Choirmaster FRED E. BRACKETT, 22 years old.
THOMAS PARKER, 11 years old.
HARRY LAKER, 12 years old.
WILLIAM WATKINS, 12 years old.
BENJAMIN GIBBS.
They were members of a party from St. John's church, Charleston, who arrived here yesterday to camp until Saturday. MR. BRACKETT and six boys went out in a boat and when about 400 feet from the shore, HARRY PARKER fell overboard. FRANK COX, 13 years old, jumped overboard and rescued the boy and swam with him to the shore. During the excitement, the boat was overturned. The accident occurred so quickly that no outcry was made by the boys. There was plenty of assistance close at hand if the slightest warning had been given.

Carroll Sentinel Iowa 1896-06-30