Ever since the Erie Canal (later called the Barge Canal) came through the area, people have died in it from drowning. Many of the victims did not know how to swim. Also the Canal is not easy to get out of because the walls are steep. There are signs near accessible areas that say that there is no swimming but every year there seems to still be drownings.
In the ad, the Robert Sayles store in Fairport is selling Adler suits made in Rochester. The L. Adler Brothers & Co. was established in 1883 by brothers Levi, Simon, and Abram Adler. The family business lasted until 1951 when it was bought by the Michaels Stern & Co.
THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL
Thursday, Sept. 21, 1916
MOTHER’S BRAVE RESCUE WINS CROWD’S ADMIRATION
Mrs. Isabel Chambers Dives into Barge Canal and Saves Her Four-year-old Son from Drowning, Thursday.
Mrs. Isabel Chambers, who conducts a boarding house at No. 43 West avenue, proved herself a woman of unusual bravery and self-reliance, Thursday afternoon, by rescuing her four-year-old son Robert, from death by drowning, when the youngster fell into the Barge canal from the landing near the Dr. Weare Medicine Company’s building at the east end of North street.
The boy had been playing on the canal bank about 2:30 o’clock, with Gordon Williams, aged five years, and Viola Oestrike, a few year older. The children were throwing small sticks into the water near the bank to “see the circles,” as one of them explained, when Robert lost his balance and fell into the deep water.
There were no grown people near at the time the accident happened, but as the children ran crying in their homes, Mrs. Chambers heard them and ran to see what was the matter. By the time she had reached the place where the boy had fallen in, he had sunk from sight and did not reappear, so the brave mother dove into the water after her little son. She failed in her first attempt, but on the the second trial she managed to find the boy, who was lying on the bottom in about twelve feet of water.
In the meantime several men had arrived at the scene, attracted by the children’s cries. Among these were Glen S. Lord, Ray Woolsey and Joe Baranea. Fred Dayton, a conductor on the R. S. & E. road, had also seen the accident. He stepped his car, and came by the way of Main street bridge and down the Schummers alley to assist the others.
Although Mrs. Chambers was a good swimmer, she had difficulty in keeping herself afloat with the additional weight of the boy’s body. The men on the bank made unsuccessful until Baranca tore off his shoemaker’s apron and threw one end to the woman in the water. She held on ntil dragged to a place of safety.
The boy was then given first aid treatment by Mr. Lord. In the meantime Mrs. R. L. Williams had summoned a physician, but the little fellow had recovered before the doctor arrived. Mr. Woolsey carried the exhausted child to his home where he attended later and pronounced in no immediate danger of illness on account of his mishap.
Mrs. Chambers was voted a heroine by all who knew her brave act and it was suggested that steps might be taken to see that she be presented with a Carnegie medal.