YOUNG BOY DROWNED IN THE RIVER THIS MORNING
                                                   Accident Happened Near McEwan's Mill
                                                             --The Sea Gull's Channel--
    Horatio VANIDER, whose parents live on Mercer street in the Tenth ward, was drowned at 10:15 o'clock this morning in the river opposite McEwan's mill while skating. Horatio, in company with Peter and James RATELL, Tuff PERAULT and Ell FRANKLIN, were skating on the boom and about the middle of the river, when they started to go to the other side. The channel cut by the tug Sea Gull in taking out the steel ferry had frozen over and it had been crossed a number of times, so the boys did not fear any accident, but they had no sooner reached this freshly frozen channel when the ice gave way and the five went into the river. Other skaters who were there lent assistance and four of the boys were rescued. Young VAN IDER, however, went to the bottom in the sight of all. He endeavored to climb up on the ice, but it broke off and let him back into the water. finally, becoming exhausted, he sank. A crowd soon gathered  and Engineer VERITY of the waters works sent a set of grappling irons out to the spot. Supervisor MCGIBBON procured a boat and the work of dragging the river was begun at once. Coroner PEARSALL was notified and after investigating decided that the death was purely accidental and that an inquest was not necessary. Young VANIDER was 16 years of age. His father works in Dolsen's salt block.
December 27, 1890
                                                            HIS FOLLY IS FATAL
                                   THE SAD DROWNING OF HORATIO VANIDOUR YESTERDAY
                                              With Several Companions he Tempts Fate
                          by Skating Upon Ice Which he Knew to be Insecure--Three of Them Fall in
                                                     but all Except Vanidour Rescued
            A sad drowning accident occurred nearly opposite the water works, pumping station about 11 o'clock yesterday whereby Horatio VANIDOUR, son of MR. and Mrs. Peter VANIDOUR, of No 201 Mercer street, lost his life. At the hour named a number of boys were skating on the river, when the ice suddenly gave way beneath their feet and precipitated five of them into the chilly waters.Their cries for assistance brought their companions to the rescue and one by one  the boys were hauled out upon the thick ice and cared for. Young Vanidour, however, was not so fortunate as the rest. The cold waters  benumbed him and before assistance could be rendered he sank to the bottom of the river before the eyes of his terrified companions. Aid was summoned and several men hastened to the scene with grappling hooks. The depth of the river and the rapidity of the current made the work of the rescuers exceedingly hazardous, but the body was evidently carried far down stream and could not be found. Coroner Pearsall was notified and proceeded at once to the place. His efforts to recover the body, however, were without avail and he was finally compelled to abandon the search.
            An eye witness of the drowning said yesterday: "I was skating in the boom with the boys when I heard one of them say; '  ' Let's go over to the light house' . They all seemed to be willing to go and started off. There were eight boys in the crowd. I watched them and when they got near the middle of the river they seemed to divide into two parties. Five went ahead and the others came on a short distance behind. I saw the last three break through the ice and started to help them. Two of the boys caught hold of the ice and hung on until some men brought a board and helped them out. The other one could not get a hold on the ice and after paddling around a little, he went down. The first crowd came back and when one of the boys was pulled out they all went home with him and let the other two go. The second boy was so wet when he got out he could hardly stand but he had to go home alone."
        A very peculiar circumstance about the drowning was that young Vanidour was the only one of the boys who could swim. It is presumed that he became so benumbed by the cold that he could not use his limbs and therefore went down. Had he had his senses about him he could have kept up until the men arrived. He was only in the water two or three minutes before he sank.
Dec. 28 ,1890
                                                                    GAVE UP ITS DEAD
                                           The Body of the Boy Who Was Drowned Recovered To-Day
        The body of the boy Sherman VanIder, who was drowned in the river in the rear of McEwan's mill yesterday afternoon, was found this afternoon at 1 o'clock. Coroner Pearsall ordered that it be removed to the home of his parents on Mercer Street.
It is beleived that the body was buried in the back yard. We do not know for sure.
If you have anything that could clarify this question it would be appreciated.
Robert Vanidour
London Canada

Charles G. Southworth

Bay City Morning Chronicle


About 3 o'clock of the morning of the 28th inst. Charles G. Southworth departed this life at his residence in the Seventh ward of this city. Mr. Southworth was born in the 8th of May, 1801, at Deep River, Connecticut. He was in his 73d year. He had been quite ill during the past three weeks with an attack of pleurisy, accompanied by a partial paralysis of the lungs. His sickness was attended with much suffering on account of difficulty in breathing. His funeral is to take place to-day at 12 pm from his late residence. The services are to be under the charge of the Masonic fraternity. Rev. Mr. Wight of the Presbyterian church will assist. The deceased had been for a number of years a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Southworth removed from Connecticut to Michigan about the year 1852, and settled in Portsmouth. He built the second sawmill erected in what is now Bay County. For a number of years, he engaged successfully in the lumbering business and secured a competence that rendered his circumstances easy and his later years comfortable. Mr. Southworth was indeed one of the earliest pioneers of this region. He was always regarded as one of our most reliable and worthy citizens. His integrity was of the first class and his influence decided in behalf of honesty and fair dealing. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father and a useful citizen. He was a director in one of the city banks and a holder of stock in several of our corporations. He was highly respected by all who knew him. He reared a large family, and his children have been useful and active in their several vocations. His remains, accompanied by his widow, his son and a daughter, will be at once conveyed to Connecticut and interred at Deep River, near those of his first wife. Masonic - The members of Portsmouth Lodge of F. & A. M. will convene at their hall to-day at 12 o'clock m., for the purpose of attending the funeral of the late Chas. S. Southworth. a cordial invitation is also extended to the fraternity of Bay City and vicinity. By order. J. L. Clarke, Secretary. Bay City, Jan. 28, 1874.

Joseph G. Southworth

after 5-6-1905

Unknown newspaper

The funeral of the late Joseph Southworth who was killed by lightning on Thursday of last week, was held on Monday, May 8, from the M. E. Church at Sterling. Rev. H. C. Elliott officiating. Joseph G. Southworth was born in the village of Deep River, Saybrook, Connecticut, and came to Michigan about 1850 and took an interest in the lumber business with his father, who them operated a saw mill in West Bay City. For several years he was active as a lumber scaler, but was compelled to give up the business because of the loss of his hearing, and total deafness soon caused him to give up his interest in the lumbering business. He was married to Mary Westbrook of Lapeer, MI 23 years ago and with his wife came to Deep River. After a residence of about two years they moved back to Bay City, where they lived for six years before moving back to Deep River, where they have since lived. He was a man of quiet disposition, a great student and a perfect gentleman. He was one of the best known men in Deep river Township, and was for many years post master at Deep River until the office was discontinued. He has for many years successfully followed the business of painting and paper hanging. He had for several years been director of the Deep River school and has held several other positions of trust. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mary A. Watrous and Mrs. M. E. Daglish, living in Bay City, and a wife, son, son Chester, and one daughter, Mrs. Johnson Orr, living at Deep River. The remains were interred in the Sterling Cemetery. The floral offerings, gifts of loving friends, were rich and beautiful. The funeral was exceptionally large.

Mary A. Watrous

Bay City Evening News


Mrs. Watrous Dead

Passing of Another Pioneer Yesterday Afternoon

Mrs. Mary A. Watrous, 71 years of age, died at her home on Thirty-eighth street yesterday afternoon after a long illness from Bright's disease. Deceased had been a resident of this city since 1861, and was well known and highly esteemed. Three children, William Watrous, of Seattle; Mrs. Harriet Mengle and Mrs. William Niemann, of this city, and one sister, Mrs. M. E. Daglish survive her. She was a prominent member of the Eastern Star, having been a Past Worthy Matron, and also of Grace Lodge, D. of R. The services at the house tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock will be conducted by the latter and Sharon Chapter will officiate at the cemetery.

Arenac Independent

June 15, 1905

Mrs. Watrous Dead

Passing of Another Pioneer Yesterday Afternoon

Mrs. Mary A. Watrous, 71 years of age, died at her home on Thirty-eighth street yesterday afternoon after a long illness from Bright's disease. Deceased had been a resident of this city since 1861, and was well known and highly esteemed. Three children, William Watrous of Seattle, Mrs. Harriett Mengle and Mrs. William Niemann of this city, and one sister, Mrs. M. E. Daglish survive her. She was a prominent member of the Eastern Star, having been a Past Worthy Grand Matron, and also of Grace Lodge, D of R. The services at the house tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock will be conducted by the latter and Sharon Chapter will officiate at the cemetery. - Bay City Evening Times

Deceased is a sister of the late Joseph Southworth of Deep River.

Matilda E. Daglish

Bay City Times

after 10/28/1908


Mrs. M. E. Daglish Passed Away This Morning


Always Took an Interest In Public Affairs

Member of Many Societies and Once Served on the Board of Education. Mrs. Matilda E. Daglish, widow of the late Dr. William Daglish, and one of the best known of Bay City's intellectual women, died this morning at the Lutheran hospital from tumor and heart trouble, after an illness extending over several years. Mrs. Daglish had been practically an invalid for over three years, but it was not until 10 days ago that her condition became so serious that she was removed to the hospital where more efficient treatment could be given her. It was inevitable, however, that the end was drawing near and the only thing to do was to make her as comfortable as possible until death came to her relief. She was a very patient sufferer and fully appreciated all that her friends and attentive nurses could do. Always possessed of a cheerful and amiable disposition her friends were numerous by the score. She was always ready to aid those in need of advice or otherwise and these beautiful traits of character endeared her to all. Mrs. Daglish was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Southworth, who came to Bay City from Deep River, Connecticut, in about the year 1855. Mr. Southworth was for a number of years a prosperous lumberman, but both he and his wife have been dead for many years. Upon reaching womanhood and finishing her education, Matilda Southworth became a schoolteacher, which vocation she followed in this city until about 1874, when she became the wife of Dr. Daglish, and they lived happily together until his death a few years later. At the time of her death Mrs. Daglish was president of the Bay City Woman's Club, the W.C.T.U., Sharon Chapter, Order Eastern Star, and a staunch member of the First Presbyterian Church. A few years ago she was elected as a member of the board of education, and served in that capacity with satisfaction ot her constituents. The surviving relatives are Mrs. Harriet Mingo, niece, of Bay City; Mrs. William Nieman, niece, of Bay City; William Watrous, of Seattle, Wash., nephew; Mrs. Rose West, grandniece, of Bay City, and Mrs. Harriet Acey, niece, of Manila. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the residence of Mrs. Josephine Southworth, 713 North Madison avenue, and the remains will be taken to Connecticut for interest in the family burial lot.

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