Boy, 9, Drowns Trying to Leap To Ferry Boat - 

Misjudging the rapidly increasing distance as he attempted to jump from the wharf to the departing 
ferry boat at the Twenty-sixth street landing, Harry Carroll, 9 years old, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Green Carroll, No. 8 "B" street, rear, fell into the Ohio 
river, and drowned yesterday afternoon at 5:10 o'clock.     

"He was going to 'hitch' a ride across the river," a playmate, Robert May, 8, who witnessed the 
tragedy, told Radio Patrolman Gordon Baker.     

Witnesses said the boy last appeared above the surface of the muddy stream about 50 feet below the ferry 
landing. He could not swim.     

The child's father, summoned to the river by children playing nearby, plunged into the stream in a desperate effort to 
recover his son's body.  Two boats from the first aid squad of the fire 
department arrived in a few minutes and began dragging the river. Neighbors 
also manned boats and aided in the search. More than a hundred persons were 
attracted to the river bank by the excitment and police had to order more than 
a score of small children from the ferry landing when they crowded each other 
for dangerous vantage points.     

At 8:30 o'clock last night search for the body was abandoned until this morning. Rivermen said they believed it to be 
held on the bed of the river by a treacherous eddy which exists there. Others 
said it was possible the body had gone beneath a heavy tow of coal barges anchored about 100 yards down stream.     

Surviving, in addition to the parents, are seven brothers, Chester, Milton, Paul, Orvile, Thomas, Edward and 
Watts Caroll, and a sister, Ramona, all at home. 

Herald-Dispatch, Friday Morning, September 6, 1935, front page and page 12 ((Huntington, West Virginia)). 

He was the grandson of Daniel Boone and Amanda Simmons Carroll and Thomas and Mary George Finnie Gill, all of Carter County, KY.

Submitted by: Linda Crose

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