Beach, ND Drowning, Jun 1909

Death in the Beaver

Irvin Herrick Meets Death while Attempting to Cross Beaver

Yesterday the people of this city were horrified by the news that Irvin Herrick was drowned Wednesday afternoon in the Beaver creek near Charles Elliott's ranch.

Irvin Herrick and his sister Pearl were employed at the Elliott ranch and Mrs. Lloyd Callender came over on an errand. While she stayed at the ranch only a little while the creek had raised considerably in the meantime and Irvin offered to carry the stuff back for her, which offer was accepted. On the return trip he took the ford about half a mile above the house and his sister and Mrs. Callender were on the opposite bank. At the first attempt the horse he was riding refused to make the attempt and his sister asked him if he thought that he could make it alright. He replied: "I can if the horse can." The horse was then put into the water and when part way across seemed to have been caught by an current, for it rolled over and was taken out of sight under the water. It made its appearance again some distance down the stream and made shore safely, but Mr. Herrick was never seen again, not even his hat coming to the surface.

Neighbors were immediately notified and Miss Herrick started for Beach, a distance of twenty miles, to notify her parents. She notified people along the way and a search is being made for the body today. After riding twelve miles her pony gave out and a farmer brought her into town.

Irving Herrick had been in the Golden Valley only a few months, but had earned a reputation for industry, sobriety and sterling worth. He was 22 years of age and was a member of the order of Maccabee's, at St. Cloud, Minn., in which society he carried insurance.

His parents have been here only a short time and his death is an unusually severe afflication. Besides his parents he leaves four sisters and four brothers to mourn his untimely demise. He was one of nine children and his death is the first one in the family. Sincere sympathy is extended to them in this their dark hour of affliction.

The Beach Advance, Beach, ND 11 Jun 1909