Stauffer's Island, PA Three Drown When Boat Sinks, May 1913


Mother Watches Husband and Son Go to Death -- Sister Tries to Rescue Them

Special to the Inquirer.

YORK, Pa., May 13. -- Standing near her little island home in the Susquehanna River, just opposite Goldsboro, today, Mrs. George C. Burger, Sr., and her young daughter, Nellie, saw Mr. Burger, aged 42, his son, Abraham, aged 13, and a boy, employed by them, Edward Miller, aged 19, fell from their batteau, as it capsized and sank in the river.

They had been in Goldsboro on the business this morning and were returning just before noon.  When they reached Pronkey Island, which adjoins their own strip of land their boat upset.  Nellie saw the boat sink and she quickly jumped into a rowboat and started out to assist them.  Before she reached their side her father called out, "Goodby, Nellie," and sank.

Miller also saw the brave girl coming as he cried to her to hurry he too sank from sight.

William Shelley, Charles Fortenbaught, Michael Brinton and others put out in rowboats from Goldsboro and made an effort to rescue the party, but their efforts failed and the bodies started down the river.  The body of Mr. Burger was recovered shortly after the accident.  The other bodies were recovered this afternoon. The river where the accident occurred is about fifteen feet deep.

Mr. Burger had lived on Stauffer's Island nearly all his life and was an experienced riverman.  Miller resided with Mrs. John Sipe, of near Goldsboro, and was employed by Burger on his farm.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 14 May 1913