North Brookfield, MA Ice Pond Drowning, Jun 1907


Arthur and Wilbur, Aged 11 and 15, Lose Lives in North Brookfield.

Two sons of Noah Davis were drowned in the ice pond of J. D. Merrill at Waite Corner in North Brookfield yesterday afternoon at 1:30. The younger, Arthur Lytton, 11, and the older, Wilbur Phillips, 15, in company with Alfred Phreschner, a boarder in the family, started to go swimming at 12:30, after eating a hearty dinner. They arrived at the pond, over half a mile away, and undressed in the bushes some distance from the pond, and the two Davis boys were more rapid in undressing than the other boy, so they ran on ahead, and when he started for the spot and arrived he found no evidence of their being about, and no ripples on the surface of the water. He had heard no outcry and was greatly alarmed. He at once went to the nearest farmhouse where he could find a telephone, and sent word to the village. Meanwhile the people in the vicinity gathered, on the spot, and with a boat Ansel Edwards, Harry Young, and George Southington set about grappling for the bodies. They were able to see the body of the younger boy, and within an hour and a half after he disappeared he was brought to the surface, and attempts made to resuscitate him by Dr. E. A. Ludden, who was present, but without avail. Dr. E. W. Norwood, the medical examiner, was sent for, and arriving pronounced the cause of death accidental drowning. The Davis family went to North Brookfield about four years ago from Watertown, N. Y. Both the boys were pupils of the North Brookfield schools. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents. The place of the drowning is three miles from the post-office in North Brookfield.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 23 Jun 1907



The funeral of the two Davis boys, Arthur and Wilbur, who were drowned Saturday afternoon will be held today at 3 o'clock in the afternoon at the house at Waite corner. The officiating clergyman will be Rev. S. B. Cooper of the Congregational church.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 25 Jun 1907