Springfield, MA Pontoosue Lake Boat Fire and Drowning, Jun 1907


Recovered From Pontoosue Lake Early Yesterday Afternoon—Clothing Did Not Catch Fire.

At 2:30 yesterday afternoon the body of Miss Lucy May Robinson, who was drowned Tuesday night in Pontoosue lake following the burning of the launch Gwendolin, was brought to the surface. The grappling-irons used by Police Sergeant Flynn and Officer McColgan caught in the skirt of the young woman’s dress, also the top of one of her shoes. The body was found at a point about 1000 feet from the Francis island, the water at that point being about 20 feet deep and well filled with weeds. It was noted that Miss Robinson’s dress was not burned or scorched, which disproved the theory that her clothing had caught fire before she jumped with her companions. Miss Mabel Kachler, George Frey, Jr., and Fred Boyde, into the lake.

Assistant Medical Examiner Flynn viewed the body, which was placed in charge of Undertaker John R. Feeley. After being embalmed and placed in a coffin it was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Daniels on Fourth street. The funeral will be held at Notre Dame church this morning, with burial in St. Joseph’s cemetery. The search for the body was resumed early yesterday morning and continued without rest until it was picked up by the grappling-irons. At least 200 people were attracted to the lake yesterday, the shores being well lined by those curious to see the work being done by the officers. Many boats were also in commission, but there was no interference with the steamer Columbia, which was used in connection with the dragging.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 21 Jun 1907