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TLOSE LIVES IN STREAM \V. B. t.FNEVV, MARGARET l,ER, DROWNED WHILE UOATING PRINCIPAL GIVES LIFE IN EFFORT TO SAVE GIRL Two Perish When Boat Goto Over Dam; Tragic Climax to Class Party Prof. W. K. Genera, 30 years o5>, and principal of Stockton, III., high school, and Miss Margaret Miller, , 18, were drowned at Krape park (tar- ins "'e noort dour today when th* 1 senior, class of Stockton high school was observing Its annual "skip" day at the park. Prof. Genera went tt> his death u hero, having gone back into the water in an effort to rescu* .Miss Miller. Miss Alice Offenh«iflc*, 17, ot Pearl City, was also frith* boat but escaped from the creek. The senior class was enjoying a,splendid time at the park, boating' and swimming, when Prof. Genev* and the two girls got into the boat. They drifted down near the- dam 1 ' anil suddenly lost control of their row boat. It washed over the dam, and Professor Geneva and MiM> Offenhelser crawled up >"onto th% bank of the stream. Realizing th*t\ Miss Miller was still in the waterl Prof. Geneva -went back to atte'nitJt' a rescue and in so doing lost life. — —. ~ - — v, ^ Prof. Geneva was a married man, being survived by his widow and * small daughter. Its served with th«. , American forces during the , world," war. having been over;seas. There was consternation amon^* 1 _ the young folks gathered at^the park ^ when the double drowning tools, pltu-e. The students and teacher^, , enibled were thrown into a Wil* v • state of excitement to see their pro~ > fes.«or and one of their school mate* tossed into a watery/grave. Miss Miller lived at Pearl City, bub-ftt-,, tended tho Stockton high school. 1 - i t Bodies Recovered When the boat went over the dam, an alaun was sent to the police sta-» l * t'lou the bodies being recovered by ,- Ofhcer Orville Callan and Theo, . (Bud) Gtinkle, custodian at Krap»':' park. Coroner A. B. Diestleraslw '< k alert that a double uuYmts£> ,. would bo held today. ' •' Boys Try to Rescue Them "Robert Anderson, "15 years of agt, * '• of '211 "West Spring street, and* Howard Stewart, 16, 410 Weat« Sta\er street, were fishing near th*. dam when the accident occurred, and tried frantically to lend assistance to the struggling pair in th« water, extending fishing poles from bank, and trvinsr to secure aJd j for them from others la the parlf, i all tf) no avail c-tln er Callan after diving repeat- ''iiiv in an effoit to recover bodirs. was forced to give up thoie. I ta k at. the icy temperature of was ^o numbing &a to cause tho swimmer to cease his efforts, The bodies were later recovered by Thfodoie Ounkel, custodian Kiapa p«u k, ami were taken to Walker Funeral Home-. 401 Main street. I 1 ! of Gone\a whose honif formeilv m Klooniins'on, had msuuctor in tha Stockton school* for the past two years, his w}f« a«di months old child also residing a;s 4 M >$l I |w i ' r Miss Miller who had completed s>t i\ool comse in the Pearl City, •'t-lioo! previous to enrolling 4ft th* Stoi kton high iohool, tijada homo with her sister, Mrs. William Biadle> Tho tatahty which occurre4 ft, .ibout noon was witnessed by Mff t Kail i'' Suyiler from the home atop tho bluff opposite Alis. Snjiler was when she tighted (Continued

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 17 May 1927, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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