Toledo, OH Seven People Drown in Maumee River, May 1902

Naphtha Launch, on Which They Were, Run Down by a Tug Near Toledo, Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 7 — Seven young people, members of a Sunday school class of the First Baptist Church, were drowned in the Maumee River just below the city tonight at 10 o'clock. The naphtha launch, "Frolic," on which they were taking a pleasure ride, was run down by the tug "Arthur Woods" of the Great Lakes Towing Company's fleet.
The launch is owned by Joseph W. Hepburn of this city, who invited eleven young people to take an evening ride with him. They started out on a trip to Lake Erie early in the evening and were returning
when the accident happened.
Mr. Hepburn, Miss Clara Marks, Arthur Marks, and Miss Grace Lowe are the only survivors. Mr. Hepburn states that he saw the lights of the approaching tug, and thinking it was bound straight down the river turned to the east. When nearly abreast of the
launch, the tug suddenly turned to the east in order to make the dock at Ironville and, before the launch could get out of the way, it was struck by the tug and turned over.
It sank about 100 feet from the dock. Mr. Hepburn caught hold of the side of the tug and the Lowe girl grasped him and both were pulled on the tug. The Marks girl was picked up from a cushion on which she floated. Arthur Marks also was fortunate enough to grab a piece of wreckage and was picked up by
those on the tug.
The other seven members of the party were drowned, and the river is now being dragged for their bodies.

May 8, 1902 edition of The New York Times


Seven Beautiful Lives

I have located a church bulletin/calendar from the First Baptist Church of Toledo, and I have the names of those who lost their lives in this accident. The names were published in their June 8, 1902 calendar/bulletin. I'm just thinking that somebody doing family research may be able to use this information.

Bessie Isabel Bystrom
Grace R. Haskin
Edna Lowe
William F. Pfanner
Eulalie Ricard
Beth Seesee
Irvin R. Swain