Connellsville, PA Drowning, Jan 1909


En Route to Connellsville He Tries to Get Drink and Companions Are Unable to Save Him.

MCKEESPORT, Jan. 21.—Attempting to quench his thirst by drinking water through a hole in the ice on the Youghiogheny river cost the life of Charles Edwards, 12 years old of McKeesport, yesterday and almost resulted in the drowning of Dennis McCarthy and Patrick Flaherty, his companions. Edwards lay down on the ice near the Boston bridge to get a drink. The ice gave way under his weight and when he tried to crawl out it continued to break.

McCarthy in reaching for Edwards' hand slipped and his body struck Edwards and pushed him farther into the water. McCarthy managed to hold on the ragged edge until Flaherty procured a stick and pulled him out. Edwards soon sank. The body has not been recovered.

Edwards was a son of James Edwards of 1510 Versailles avenue. McCarthy is a son of Policeman Jerry McCarthy. The boys remained away from school and were on their way to Connellsville to visit relatives when a train on which they had been riding stopped.

The Weekly Courier, Connellsville, PA 28 Jan 1909