Worcester, MA Near Drowning, Jul 1889
A NARROW ESCAPE.
Fred Shaw, the swan boat man, had a narrow escape from drowning at the lake yesterday. He went out after lilies, and, while busily engaged in his work made a misstep and fell into the lake, where the water is about seven feet deep and the mud is of unknown depth. He found the bottom of the water and about two feet below it the surface of the mud, and if his companion had not been a remarkably strong man he would be standing there now. "Swannie" alone was unequal to the task of extricating his feet from the mud, but luckily his friend was able to reach down into the water far enough to get hold of his hand and pull him out.
Worcester Daily Spy, Worcester, MA 3 Jul 1889