REPORTED DROWNING - Was Floyd Carroll of Lakefield township, drowned in North Manistique Lake Wednesday, or has he taken French leave of his family? This is a question that is bothering the officials with opinon about equally divided. the story is best told by Carl Ferguson, proprietor of the Log Cabin resort. Ferguson with some guests were out fising in the lake Wednesday and saw a boat and fisherman some distance away. Returning to the Log Cabin, the women folks reported hearing yelling out in the lake. Mr. Ferguson did not pay much attention to the matter at the time, but finally decided to investigate. Rowing out onto the lake he found a boat, partly filled with water, containing some fish, one oar, a fishing rod, reel and anchor. Discovering that the boat belonged to Carroll he reported the matter to the family, who did not appear much concerned, saying Carroll had gone fishing and that the boat had probably floated away from shore. When young Carroll failed to return through the night, they reported the affair to Sheriff Turnbull, and an investigation was started. Mr. Ferguson when seen by The News was somewhat skeptical about the affair, saying that from the position of the articles found in the boat, there was no indication that it had been overturned. He held rather to the opinion that it had floated away from shore or had been set adrift. If Carroll has been drowned, it will probably be some days before the fact can be definitely established. The water in North Manistique lake is extremetly cold, and a body will not rise quickly. Search will also be hampered by the fact that the exact position where the accident is supposed to have occurred is not known. Carroll is a young man about 23 years of age. So far as known he has been in no trouble that would lead him to stage a disappearance act. (Newberry News ((Newberry, MI)) Jul 29, 1932)
OBIT - Floyd Carroll Drowns In Lake - Was Brother of Mrs. Sam J. DeBord - Floyd Carroll, 23, brother of Mrs. Sam J. DeBord of this city, drowned in the lake near his home at McMillan, Mich., last Wednesday and the body was recovered Friday, according to word received here by Mrs. DeBord. Funeral service for the water victim was held Saturday at McMillan with burial being made there. Carroll was the son of Mrs. John Carroll, formerly of Carter county. He visited Mrs. DeBord here on several occasions and had many friends here who will regret to learn of his death. Mrs. DeBord was unable to attend the funeral but will probably visit her mother at McMillan in the early fall. (Ashland Daily Independent, Aug 1st, 1932, page 6)
OBIT - Carroll Funeral - The funeral of Floyd Carroll, who was drowned in North Manistique lake last week Wednesday, was held in the Methodist church at McMillan Sunday, with the Rev. Smith officiating. Burial was in the McMillan cemetery. Carroll was drowned when he presumabley fell from a rowboat while fishing Wednesday forenoon. The accident was not reported until the following day. A search conducted by Sheriff Turnbull and a crew of men was unsuccessful. The body was not recovered until Friday evening, it having been carried across the lake by the wind , and was found by Carl Garrod, caretaker at the Luce county park. It was floating about a foot beneath the surface. An oar lost from the boat had been previously recovered by Garrod. Considerablely mystery surrounds the accident. Carroll was reported to be an expert swimmer, easily able to swim across the lake. A bruise on the left side of the face may have been caused by hitting the boat when he fell and partly stunned him. Coroner Gibson, after a careful examination of the body stated that he believed death was purely accidental. Besides his aged mother with whom he made his home, Carroll is survived by five brothers and three sisters. (Newberry News ((Newberry, MI)) Aug 5, 1932) He was the son of John and Henrietta Slavens Carroll, grandson of John and Nancy Damron Carroll.
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