Buffalo, NY Dock Collapses, June 1912
MANY DROWNED AS ROTTEN DOCK FALLS TO PIECES.
SCORE OR MORE BELIEVED TO HAVE PERISHED IN NIAGARA RIVER -- 15 BODIES FOUND.
RIGID PROBE IS BEGUN.
WHARF AT AMUSEMENT PARK NEAR BUFFALO WAS UNSAFE -- VICTIMS NEARLY ALL WOMEN AND CHILDREN -- FEAR BODIES WENT OVER FALLS.
Buffalo, June 24. -- With fifteen bodies recovered and a score missing, many of whom are believed to have perished, scores of police and volunteer rescuers worked in the Niagara River today in search of victims of the collapse of the excursion dock on Eagle Park last night.
The dock was so old that the wood had rotted. A rigid probe has been begun.
The police worked all night with grappling irons and nets. They feel certain that the swift current has carried bodies of some of the victims over Niagara Falls, twelve miles below, and that they never will be found. All the bodies taken from the river today have been identified and claimed.
The identified dead are:
MRS. ARTHUR MEYER.
MRS. JOHN HAYES.
MRS. LILLIE KELLOGG.
CELIA KELLY, 9 years old.
MRS. AGNES GALLAGHER.
Only a few of the bodies have been identified. They are nearly all those of women and children.
The following dock victims were identified later:
MISS CATHERINE WOLFF.
MISS IRENE THOMAS.
MISS ALICE GRIFFIN, 17 years old.
FLORA A. HELSTROM, 5 years old.
MISS GEORGIA SEEDES, 28 years old.
ALFRED FINN, 23 years old.
MR. and MRS. RAYMOND SNYDER, 32 years old and 22 years old.
MISS MAY KRETCH, 22 years old.
CLARA SCHULTZ, 42 years old.
MISS ANNIE PREMENG, 22 years old.
In the terror and confusion of the accident, families became separated and there is a faint hope that some of those listed as missing may be found today. There is little doubt, however, but that the list of dead will at least reach twenty.
GEORGE RICHMEYER, who lost his wife and ten-year-old son, saw them swept clear of the wreckage by the current that sweeps past the dock at the rate of ten miles an hour and carried away in the gathering twilight. He was clinging to a spile, holding his infant son in his arms and could do nothing to save the other members of his family. GEORGE McKEE, who also lost his wife and infant, saw them go down in the mass of struggling people and they did not reappear. Many others, it is feared, were swept away and until a careful canvass is made of the city the exact number of dead will not be known.
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