3 Keele sisters drown in Utah Lake 1898 Provo Herald 21 May 1959

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3 Keele sisters drown in Utah Lake 1898 Provo Herald 21 May 1959 - SILENT REMINDERS—Sexton Grover Montague points...
SILENT REMINDERS—Sexton Grover Montague points to three groves in Payspn City Cemetery, silent reminders of a tragedy when four young girls drowned while swimming at Utah Lake one summer day in 1898. Three of the girls were sisters, Susie V., 12, Emma L., 16 , and Lucy M., Keele, 19, daughters of John W. and Amelia Keele. The other was a friend and neighbor, Ernestene Bauer, 17, daughter of Eberhardt and Fredericka Bauer. Four Poyson Girls Reflections On A Tragedy... 1898 Drownings Recoiled By MADOLINE C. DffiON PAYSON-Whenever the tragedy of drowning is mentioned in Pay- con, cider people recall the tale of how four young girls were drowned whfle swimming at Utah Lake one f"*""*^' day in 1896. Three «C the girls were sisters, taie V. Keele, 11; Emma L. Keele, 16; and Lucy M. Keele, 19, slaughters of John W. and Amelia Keele. Ibey were swimming with ' their friend and neighbor, Ernestene Bauer. 17, daughter of Eberhardt and Fredericka Bauer. They were holding to « raft made of planks and floated beyoad their depth. It is believed that one of mem was taken with cramps and let go of the raft. None of the girls could swim and all panicked, and it is said "drowned one another." Some reports state mat they could have waded to shore, but may have been in a hate in the lake bottom. The following account of the incident is told in the memoirs recently published by Mrs. Emma Wflsorfof Payson: -A trip to Utah Lake by covered wagon was a big event of each summer, when a group would arrange to stay overnight at the Lincoln Beach area. "On one of these trips John Keele had left for the lake early in the morning, going farther around the mountain to seine fish. They planned to join us in the early evening for supper and then return home. At about the time we expected them, word came that the girls had drowned. Will Keele, about 10, was watching from the shore and ran for his father and brother Ed., who were fishing a half mile away. "All of the men and older boys from the camp left at once to assist in the search for the bodies. They were gone the entire night, and the women and children left alone were terribly frightened. We returned home the next morning after a night of real terror." HIGH EFFICIENCY SCREEN IN AMERICAN FORK To First Lodge Masons Plan Monument At Fairfield Utah Masons on June 21 will erect a monument at FairfieW to me first Masonic Lodge in the state, Utah State Parks and Recreation Department has. informed Utah County Commission. Several hundred persons were expected to attend the dedication of the monument, and the commissioner was asked by C. J. Oisen, state parks director, to arrange sanitation facilities. Mr. Olsen noted mat reconstruction of the old Stagecoach Inn at PairfieW, donated to the state by TOMORROW! All New - First Run! JUUE LONDON - NAT COLE JOHN DREW BARRYMORE Agnes Moorehead - Dean Jones Bold Shocking Drama of Sweethearts who

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 21 May 1959, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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