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Burgess - William A

Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal June 23, 1929

William A. Burgess was drowned Saturday afternoon about 2 o’clock while fishing in White river, just west of Indianapolis. He was a brother of Mrs. RC Jones of this city.  

Mr. Burgess had gone to the river to fish and had waded out over the dam near the Emrichsville bridge. He stepped in a deep hole which caused him to lose his balance and fall over the dam where he was unable to make his way against the rush of water at the foot of the falls. He was taken from the water unconscious but still alive.  Police worked with the unfortunate man for two hours but all attemps at resuscitation were futile.

Mr. Burgess was well known in Crawfordsville where he had lived for a number of years. For the past few years he had been living in Indianapolis where he was employed as brakeman on the CI&W railroad.

Mr. Burgess is survived by the widow, Mrs. Nellie Burgess and two daughters, Orinda, 12 and Betty, 6 and one sister, Mrs. R.C. Jones of Crawfordsville.  A sister, Mrs. Ethel Cole, preceded him in death one month ago.

Funeral services will be held in Indianapolis Tuesday morning and the body will be removed to Crawfordsville with burial at Oak Hill cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The remains will arrive over the Big Four at 1:32 o’clock. - kbz
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