|Posted By:||Beth Overstad|
|Subject:||R. Robinson -- death notice|
|Post Date:||May 30, 2011 at 08:10:56|
|Forum:||Winnebago County, WI Genealogy Forum|
Friday, Oct. 5, 1866
A Negro by the name of R. Robinson whom Mr. Olin had brought from the South, had obtained employment on the Little Giant, a Tug Boat. Last week Thursday, when about half way between Omro and Delhi, the Negro was told to turn off the pump, but instead, reversed the engine which brought a collision of the boat and the scow. The concussion threw the weights off the safety valve and the valve was blown out. It is supposed that the rush of steam and hot water frightened the Negro, and that in his fright, he jumped overboard. Mr. H. Rounds who was steering the scow asked him if he could swim, to which he replied that he could, and was making for the shore. When within about 20 feet of the shore, he sunk. No help was rendered him as there was no small boat, and the Little Giant was helpless as it had no steam. The above is as reported to us by Mr. Felton of the Little Giant. The body was recovered in the afternoon of the same day, brought down to this place and buried by the village authorities, the next day.