Saukville, WI Four Drown In Milwaukee River, Dec 1889

A DISTRESSING AFFAIR.

A MOTHER AND HER THREE CHILDREN DROWNED IN THE MILWAUKEE RIVER AT SAUKVILLE, WIS.

Port Washington, Wis., Dec. 12. -- A terrible and peculiar drowning accident occurred Wednesday by which a mother and her three children were drowned at Saukville, on the Milwaukee River. A 6-year-old son of CLAUDE AUGUSTIN went to the river bank and ventured out on the ice. It suddenly broke and he fell into the river. His mother heard his cries and rushed to his rescue. Frantically throwing herself into the icy water she endeavored to save her drowning boy. In a few moments she was beyond her depth and drowning herself. Her 17-year-old daughter, AUGUSTA, heard the cries and hastened to the spot. Seeing her mother in the water she rushed to her rescue. The ice broke with her and she was thrown into the chilling torrent, mother and daughter locked themselves together in a death struggle and sunk beneath the water and ice. They were just disappearing what a 4-year-old son of MRS. AUGUSTIN, who had been with the sister, toddled out on the ice. With plaintive cries of "Mamma! Mamma! I want you!" he ran over the ice until he reached the hole in which his mother, his sister and his brother were buried. The little fellow saw his mother and sister sink and threw himself, as he supposed, into his mother's arms, in an instant he was carried beneath the ice. A man named CHRISTIAN NELSSEN saw the tragedy, but was powerless to render any aid. He was on rotten ice and broke in several times before he reached the spot where the family had been wiped out. When he finally got there they had disappeared. The body of MRS. AUGUSTIN was recovered, but the bodies of the children can not be found.

Logansport Reporter Indiana 1889-12-12