Old News – 2 Water Deaths

More news from the past. This time are two local deaths in area waters.

THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL

Fairport, NY

Thursday, August 20, 1914

BOY DROWNED IN THE CANAL AT BUSHNELL’S BASIN FLUME

Charles Warren Forbes of Pittsford Sinks in Canal Waters and is Drowned Before Assistance Could Reach Him.

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Pittsford, August 17.—Charles Warren Forbes of Pittsford, aged nineteen years, in company with Edward Brown of Albion, who was spending Sunday here, went to the barge canal near Bushnell’s Basin, Sunday afternoon to swim. Several other young men were near by when they arrived and it was stated that young Forbes dived into the water in the wooden flume. When he came up he cried for help, but his companion was too far away to reach him. He did not appear on the surface again and Coroner Henry Kleindienst of Rochester, was notified and will have search made for the body Monday morning, Forbes had lived in Pittsford for the last five years, most of the time being at the home of Vernon Welch, a farmer who resides on the Pittsford-Mendon road. This summer he had been in the employ of Ira Snyder, a near-by neighbor. He was a highly esteemed young man. His mother died a year ago and a step-father, W. Cummings, resides in Rochester.

The body came to the surface and was recovered, Wednesday morning.


SUICIDE OF MRS. CARRIE HILL IN THE CREEK AT PENFIELD

Left Her Father’s Home, Wednesday Nigh While Despondent and Drowns Herself in Irondequoit Creek.

Penfield, Aug. 16.—Mrs Carrie Hill, daughter of John B. Fellows, a farmer who lives here, left her father’s house some time Wednesday night without being seen, and going to a foot bridge spanning Irondequoit creek near the Penfield paper mill, jumped into the creek and was drowned. Early Thursday morning her hat and veil were found on the bridge. Believing that Mrs. Hill had committed suicide, the Penfield authorities summoned Coroner Henry Kleindienst. The coroner, with Morgue Attendant All Abrams, dragged the creek under the bridge and found the body after half an hour. Mrs. Hill, who was thirty-eight years old, lived with her husband in upper Canada. She had been ill with nervous prostration for several months and four weeks ago came home for a visit. She did not seem to improve, and became despondent. Coroner Kleindienst granted a verdict of death by suicide.

Besides her husband she leaves her parents, John Fellows and wife, and two brothers, Harry and John. The funeral was held from the family residence, Saturday. Rev. Moss officiating, assisted by Rev. Park. Interment at Oakwood cemetery.