Wilson Children

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
August 16, 1883, page 3
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Drowning of Two Children.

Yesterday morning at about eight o’clock there happened at the Bartow iron works one of the saddest mishaps that has ever been our duty to chronicle. At that time two daughters of Mr. G. W. Wilson, accompanied by a small negro girl went to one of the ore pits that had been pretty well filled with water the night previous by the heavy rain, and stripped off and went in bathing. The negro girl becoming chilled soon came out leaving the two little white girls in the water. The girls were splashing around and finally got upon a springing board and jumped off into ten feet of water never to rise again. The negro girl soon became frightened and gave the alarm. Their father was sent for who succeeded in finding their bodies after an hour’s search. Mr. Wilson has been working in the ore beds at Bartow for three years but is now working on the new bridge at Deweese’s ferry. The little girls were seven and nine years old and were very intelligent for their age.


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