Sharon, MA Lake Massapoag Drownings, Jun 1896


Sharon, Mass., June 30.--What was intended to be a week’s enjoyable outing was brought to an abrupt and sad close at Lake Massapoag Monday afternoon. Assistant Pastor Rev. Joseph Maxwell, Choir Master Frederick Brackett, Clerk George R Keys and 16 choir boys of St John’s Episcopal church, Charlestown, came to Sharon by team to camp out at Lake Massapoag for a week. After dinner Mr. Brackett and six of the boys went out in a boat. A little boy named Parker, fell overboard. Frank Cox, a bright little fellow of 13, immediately jumped after him, swam ashore, got a rope and by means of it saved the Parker boy, but in the confusion resulting from the accident the boat was overturned and Mr. Brackett and the other four boys were thrown into the water. None of the party save the Cox boy could swim and before help could reach them from the shore all five were drowned. The names of he drowned are: FREDERICK BRACKETT, THOMAS PARKER, HARRLY L. ACKER, WILLIAM S. ATKINS and BENJAMIN GIBBS.

Evening Bulletin, Decatur, IL 30 Jun 1896