SCHARF FAMILY - SEVEN DROWN
Source: State (Columbia, SC) Monday, October 1, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
A Drunken Man Takes His Wife and Children to Destruction.
Chaska, Minn., Sept. 30.-Seven persons were drowned here last evening. Louis Scharf and family, who had been attending the fair, started home at 7 o'clock. Scharf was intoxicated and whipped his horses and furiously dashed down the river bank, over the ferry and into the river. His wife, five children and Miss Mary Roskus, Mrs. Scharf's sister, were drowned, as were the horses. Scharf clung to the wagon box and was rescued. The bodies of Mrs. Scharf and two of the children were recovered.