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î SAGINAW BAY BOAT TRAGEDY IS DESCRIBED BAY CITY WOMAN. 23, SWIMS 7 MILES; 12 MISSING in the circus a grimace body of a been destroyed shot, counted John, nervously of a heard that upwards were to be destroyed. that is minutes pumas estimated the said a fire believed by on started the by fire or of quickly guardsmen elephants. 10 five lions, two Indian gnus, two the the gorillas were unharmed. sawdust, and across the Standish, Mich . Aug. 4, (,p)—A 23-year-old R*> Citv woman, her shoulder*. inns and lee« rubbed raw by strips of a life belt, recounted today how she swam seven miles to shore when a cruiser on which she and 12 others were aboard foundered Sunday in SaKl- naw Ray. Apparently th* lone survivor, Mrs. Dorothy Repkie *avc the first detailed account of the tragedy which occurred when the boat, a convorted tug. struck a rocky reef and began to list, finally cap* sizing. From a bed at the home of her mother. Mrs Jessie Trovlnger, in Ray City, Mrs. Repkie told how thought# of her six month-old son kept her t-olng as sh« struggled, exhausted and numb, toward shore. Husband’* Body Found **God alone knows how I made it," she declared. Even as she told her story searchers brought word that the body of her husband, Louis. 2. who accompanied her on the fishing trip, had been found, his life jacket still around him. Her hushand's body was one of eight recovered by coast guardsmen and Sheriff s officers who searched tfye bay by boat and plane. The, others were those of Cecil Day; 4 5-year old Arenac count}- liveryman and pilot of the boat; John! Zatnetzer. 4 2. Bay City, genefal manager of the Ray Manufacturing company, and his wife. Ola. 37; Raymond Badour, 33, Au Crcs, and hi" 20-year-«ld wife, mother of four children; William Hatcher, 32, of Kawkawlin, and his wife, Martha. 27. I’I. uh * U mh I ik Bout Still unaccounted for are Kti- gene Sauve, 27, and his wife. Fern, 21, of Kawkawlln; aud Abraham La Rean, 32, and his wife, Dorothy, 2H, of Ray City. The boat, submerged eight and one-half miles southeast of Point Au (ires, was located by airplane and towed this afternoon to the Fast Tawas coast guard station. It was completely wrecked. Mrs. Repkie said that an hour after the boat had capsized die, her husband and Mrs. Radour set out for shore. •*I led the three of us for awhile and 1 finally noticed that Louis was becoming discouraged.’* she related. “So 1 swam back to him and asked him to grab hold of the shoulder strap on my life belt. Rut he told me to go on. that It would only hinder me.” Thought of Baby She said that shortly afterwards Chi» ago, Aug. American Federation Congress of Organizations agreed merging their unit at a A conference close the them and to 1 1.000.000 standard AFL President nonuced the MILEAGE PLAN Allocation May Save Washington. an alternative gasoline rationing the war reported today spppdometer-check “ration Simultaneously of the offlro administration said fuel east was a unless other taken. deliveries as far slsstppl was he said, to hauling j Officials use of their age rationing" WPR called of every allocation of a miles to each “certificates of drivers. painted wag the caged | gh^a7unable’to see her husband or Mrs. Radour because of the of elephants defied the buckets of performers circus firemen and firo for the afternoon announced to miss one go on as of the in peacetime, with the misfortune WPR held today and Nelson said as sion that the an alternative tute for motor fuel. broke up, reported merely that made shortly transportation.” OPA officials however, that considered gasoline tlon-wido foolproof rubber-borne until sufficient comes In to vlHans. high waves. "I started to swim back toward where I thought they were." she continued. “Rut I couldn’t see either of them or the boat and 1 didn't know what to do. I remem Meeting By New York, Following up Its last Saturday rumors ’ of meeting, interpreted the Rrltlsh confirmation home to our baby so I struck out for shore again. "It was cold and my leg* started to knot up. My hands were (Continued on Page Two) «*«** ...... J t I » #1 ! *** «* v * v/ ** bered then that I/>uls and i-w prime minister said before that we had to (p \ ^or geveral “Although thus far on statement minister! Attlee transocean believed In this statement

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  1. The Escanaba Daily Press,
  2. 05 Aug 1942, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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