1898: The Boat Was Upset

Three Persons Drowned in the Connecticut River Off Moramus

Middletown, Conn., Sept. 18.–Three persons were drowned in the Connecticut river off Moramus this afternoon, the victims being Patrick Kelly, aged 25; William Kelly, aged 24, and William Gorman, aged 18. Three young men with John Hines rowed up from Moramus this morning to attend services at St. John’s church in this city. They were on their return and had almost reached home, when a sudden squall came up and in the storm the boat was upset. The accident occurred in sight of Gorman’s home and was witnessed by members of the family. As soon as possible a party went out to assist the men, but they had all disappeared except Hines, who was picked up exhausted.

From The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania), Monday, September 19, 1898.

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