Shawano, WI Shawano Lake Drowning, Jun 1896

From Courier Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY
Dated Monday 29 June 1896


Six Persons Were Drowned In Shawano Lake During A Gale

Shawano, Wis., June 28. - Word has reached here of the drowning of six persons at Shawano Lake during a gale st 6:50 this evening. A party consisting of O. A. Risum and wife, Herman Drackney and wife, Louis Goucky, wife and child, of Pulelver; Miss Emma Garbrecht, of Shawano, and Miss Margaret Crowe, of St. Nazianz, Manitowe county, started from Cecil about 5 o'clock in O. A. Risum's yacht, en route for a few days' outing on the north shore of the lake. When about three miles from shore the boat was capsized by a sudden squall, and the party precipitated into the water.

Mr. Risum and Mr. Drackrey clung to the capsized yacht for several hours, the latter holding the child in his arms, when they were rescued by parties from Cecil, who were attracted by their cries for help. The bodies of the other six have not been recovered.