Negro Drowned

 
The Cartersville Express Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
July 12, 1881 Page 1
 
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Negro Drowned.

Another case of drowning is reported from the seventeenth District, which occurred at Tumlinís Ferry Friday evening last. Frank Howard, a negro, who had been digging a well for Mr. W. H. Gilbert, on the R. M. Stiles place while crossing on the flat fell from a sitting position on the gunwale. It is not known what caused his fall. His body was recovered Sunday afternoon in a frightfully decomposed state.

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The Free Press
July 14, 1881, page 3

Buried in the Depths of the Etowah.

On last Friday evening, the 8th inst., Frank Howard, a worthy colored man, was drowned at Milam’s ferry, about eight miles from town. It seems that he had sat down on the flat and fell asleep, falling overboard. His body was recovered near the place on Sunday morning. The report having been circulated that the unfortunate man was intoxicated, we deem it our duty to deny the rumor. A reliable gentleman informs us that he was perfectly sober, and it being late in the evening when he wanted to cross and calling the ferryman several times, he fell asleep and accidentally lost his balance, not being able to swim he was drowned.

 

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