Mooresville, MO Girl Drowns In Grand River, Jul 1953

GIRL DROWNS IN THE GRAND RIVER.

DIXIE REYNOLDS, 16, WAS UNABLE TO SWIM AND FAILS TO HEED WARNINGS.

Mooresville, Mo. - DIXIE REYNOLDS, 16-year-old Mooresville high school student, who couldn't swim and had been told not to go in the water, drowned late this morning in the Grand River.
The girl, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Reynolds, of Mooresville drowned while on a fishing trip 2 1/2 miles northeast of Mooresville with her brother, Rex Reynolds, 14, Gary Thatcher, 15, and Beverly Cox, 15.
Dr. Joseph Conrad of Chilicothe, Livingston County coroner, said DIXIE evidently stepped into a deep hole in the river. That was about 11:40 o'clock. Thatcher swam to her, but she struggled with him and started pulling him under. He was compelled to swim away. The body came to the surface and, face down, floated downstream about 100 yards. Two of the youngsters ran to the Ralph Willard farm for help, arriving about 12:10 o'clock. Price Roberts and Ernie Howe brought the body out of the river at 12:20.
Alvia Jewell of the Chillicother fire department took the department's pulmotor to the scene, making the trip in 11 1/2 minutes. He used the pulmotor on the girl five minutes. Dr. Conrad said she had obviously been in the water too long to be revived.
Conrad was called at 12:55. He said no inquest was necessary.
It was reported the father had told the girl not to go into the water and that the other youngsters
had given the same warning. She waded in wearing a black bathing suit.
The mother works at Irene's Beauty shop in Chillicothe. Mr. Reynolds
is employed by Gene Moore.
Besides the parents, DIXIE is survived by her brother, Rex.
The body was taken to the Norman Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune Missouri 1953-07-23