Mount Pocono, PA Four Drown In Pond, Jul 1911

MEADOWSIDE

FOUR GIRLS DROWN IN ICE POND.

ANNE and MARY CRAIG, SISTERS, OF JESSUP; MRS. SCULLEN, OF THROOP; AND CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN, OF PITTSTON, WAITRESSES AT MEADOWSIDE INN, PERISH TOGETHER.

TWO SCRANTON GIRLS RESCUED FROM WATERS.

SIX GIRLS WERE SEATED ON WALL OF DAM, WHEN ONE SLIPPED IN AND OTHERS WERE DRAGGED IN - REV. P. J. BOLAND AND EDITOR McGUIRE ASSIST IN RESCUE WORK.

Special to The Tribune-Republican.
Mt. Pocono, Pa., July 5. - Four young women, all residents of towns in the vicinity of Scranton, were drowned at 4:45 o'clock this afternoon in the ice pond on the grounds of the Meadowside Inn, where the young women were employed as waitresses.
The dead are:
MISS ANNA CRAIG, aged twenty-three years, of Grassy Island section of Jessup;
MISS MARY CRAIG, aged seventeen years, sister of ANNA CRAIG;
MISS CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN, aged twenty-two years, of 110 Charles Street, Pittston;
MRS. ELIZABETH SCULLEN, aged twenty-four years, of Throop.
Two young women were rescued and revived after an hour's work.
They are:
MISS MARGARET PURCELL, aged twenty-one years, of Scranton;
MISS LORETTA FISHER, aged eighteen years, of Scranton.
All of the bodies were recovered by a party led by Rev. P. J. Boland, of St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, who in the summer had charge of the Catholic Church at Mt. Pocono. The bodies will arrive in Scranton at daybreak tomorrow.

Fall From Wall Of Dam.
The accident happened in a peculiar manner. The pond in which the drowning took place is an ice pond, which is dammed at one end, the dam extending a foot or so above the surface of the water. Right at the wall of the dam the water is at its greatest depth, twenty-five feet.
Yesterday afternoon the six girls, all of whom were acquainted before they came to Mt. Pocono, went to the pond. They removed their shoes and stockings and sat on the top of the wall, dangling their feet in the pond. The day was oppressively hot and the young women took this method of keeping cool.
ANNA CRAIG sat at one end, then, in order came MARY CRAIG, MRS. SCULLEN, MISS McLAUGHLIN, MISS PURCELL and MISS FISHER. ANNA CRAIG kicked her feet in the water. As she did so she slipped from the wall and when she slipped ANNA caught hold of her sister MARY'S dress. ANNA fell under water and was pulling MARY with her. In an effort to save herself, MARY, in turn, caught hold of MRS. SCULLEN'S dress and then one after another each of the four other girls was pulled from the wall into the water.
The screams of the young women brought help to the scene. In the number were Rev. Father Boland, Dr. A. F. Kenton, of Philadelphia, and Manager W. B. McGuire, of the Wilkes-Barre Review, who are summering here, a number of young men employed about the Inn and some men guests.

Tribune Republican Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 1911-07-06