Afton, NY Car Plunges Into River, Oct 1933


Binghamton, N.Y., Oct. 26. (AP) - A middle-aged man and his wife, their three small children and two 14-year-old girls were drowned last night near the village of Afton, twenty miles east of here, while en route to the home of friends to a party.
All were trapped in a closed automobile in which they plunged into the icy waters of the Susquehanna River. The machine rolled backwards down an embankment when the driver started to pull out of a driveway.
The dead were MR. and MRS. JACOB LORD, their children, LOUIS, 9, AUSTIN, 6, and ARDEAN, 2; and ELSIE ELDRED, 14, and AVIS HOUSTON, 14.
They were on their way to a party in honor of ELSIE ELDRED and had stopped by the roadside to ask their way. The house where they inquired was on the bank of the river which the highway follows.
Their automobile was discovered a half hour after they had plunged into the stream. A man who lives nearby came out of his house and saw the headlights shining out of the water.

Harrisburg Telegraph Pennsylvania 1933-10-26