|Fred Patton Is
Drowned In Crooked Creek |
Tragedy Occurs Near
Brooklyn Sunday Eve
Fred David Patton, 17-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Patton of Littleton township, was drowned late
Sunday afternoon in Crooked creek near the abandoned bridge on the George
Walker place, two and one-half miles southeast of Brooklyn.
Funeral services were
held Tuesday afternoon in the Methodist church at Littleton, with Rev.
Corbin Stambaugh and Rev. Charles Conlee in charge. Burial was in
the Littleton cemetery.
The accident occurred
when Fred and his elder brother, Hugh, who is on furlough from the army,
and Miss Wanda Johnson of Pleasant View, were playing around one of the
two boats which were tied near the bridge. Both the boys were in
the water and holding on to the sides of the boat, while Miss Johnson was
seated in the boat.
Fred was at the end
of the boat and let loose to swim, apparently the strong current took him
under. He came up very quickly several feet farther downstream, according
to testimony given at the inquest Monday morning at the Gordon Funeral
home. Hugh said he could tell that his brother was in trouble, but
he was unable to handle himself in the water and could do nothing to assist.
Fred disappeared under the water, and Hugh and Miss Johnson made use of
the boat in an attempt to locate him with a pole before going for help.
Sheriff Ernest Andre and State Patrolman Hal Ewing were notified of the
accident, and along with Eugene Lawler began an intensive search of the
waters about 8:30. The officers used poles and hooks, while Mr. Lawler
made repeated dives into the water. Mr. Lawler came up with the body
about 10 o'clock, at a point about 30 feet from the boats, in water about
five and one-half feet deep.
An inquest was conducted
Monday morning by Coroner V. M. Corman, at which time testimony of Hugh
Patton, Miss Johnson, and Lewis T. Shores was heard. Mr. Shores
was first to arrive at the scene following the call for help. After
hearing the testimony, the jury brought in a verdict of accidental death
by drowning. The jury was composed of Jerry Bowers, foreman, Leroy
Logan, Ralph Wilheim, Lloyd Root, D. W. Davis, and Harold Strong.
Fred David Patton, third
and youngest son of Frank J. and Bessie M. Stambaugh Patton, was born in
Rushville, September 8, 1931and departed this life July 10, 1949, being
just 17 years, 10 months, and two days of age.
The last 15 years of
his life was spent in Littleton township where he attended White Frame
school for eight years, graduating alone in 1945 as the last graduate of
He leaves to mourn his
passing his parents; two brothers, Hugh, a member of the U.S. air force,
now stationed at Rantoul, and Albert of Jacksonville; also several aunts,
uncles, and cousins, and a host of friends.
His cheerful disposition
and pleasant wit made him liked by all who knew him. He was industrious
trustworthy, and ambitious. He was a kind-hearted friend and a loving
son and brother.