Jason Ramsey

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Jason Ramsey - Three Little Girls and an Aged Man Went Out...
Three Little Girls and an Aged Man Went Out Rowing on the Calf Killer. Skiff Capsized and All Were ' Lost. The bodies Recovered. Special Dispatch to the American. SPARTA, Tenn., July 22. Four lives were lost by drowning In the Calf Killer Killer River two miles above Sparta, late yesterday evening:, caused by the capsizing capsizing of a skiff. Those drowned are Jason Ramsey, ag'ed 66; Ollie May Oak-wood, Oak-wood, Oak-wood, aged 7, daughter of Jake Oak-wood, Oak-wood, Oak-wood, a1 prominent farmer who lives near Sparta; Olga Hull, aged 7, daughter daughter of W. W. Hull, a leading merchant of Sparta, and Lizzie Usury, granddaughter granddaughter of Jason Ramsey above. The old man was taking the little girls on a pleasure ride, when It is supposed supposed lie was attacked with a spell of heart trouble, from which he frequently frequently suffered. He was a very heavy man and his weight easily capsized the frail cjaft. As dark drew on the parents of the children became uneasy, and soon the alarm spread over the community.. At 0 o'clock last night the steamboat which plies the Calf Killer was sent up the river with a dredging outfit and a crew of forty on board and the river banks were lined with citizens for a mile Or so. A large part of the weary crowd returned returned to Sparta at midnight and gave up the search till morning, but the steamboat party kept up the work and at early dawn this morning the skiff was espied in a dark eddy overhung by a high cliff. Then Ramsey's hat and the children's hats and a paddle began to tell what hod happened. Here the river was dragged with barbed wire. First the little Usury girl, then the old man, followed by the Oakwood and Hull children were lifted from the bed of the stream, cold in death, before before the eyes of the bereaved parents and placed on the boat. The bodies were found in ten feet of water, within fifteen feet of each other. other. The little girls Were rigid in the attitude of grasping at the skiff. .

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  1. The Tennessean,
  2. 23 Jul 1903, Thu,
  3. Page 8

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