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.
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