JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
Charles BRYAN 24, was drowned in the creek south of Mt. Vernon
Sunday afternoon. He was with his brother Jesse, their wives and
another brother went to the creek bottoms to spend the day.
About 4 o'clock in the afternoon the men decided to go into the water.
A run was made for the creek and the men went in with their clothing on.
They had been in but a few moments when Charles was heard to utter a
cry and was seen to throw up his hands, then disappeared. His brother
Jesse went to his rescue, but could not get him out of the water. The other
brother also rendered assistance but could not get the drowning man from
the water. The ladies heard the noise and rushed to the scene.
They screamed and jumped into the creek, and it was with the greatest effort
that they were kept from drowning.
The creek was bank full and was running fast. The general opinion is that the
drowned man took cramps and was helpless, while others are inclined to be-
lieve he was caught in the brush. The body was recovered about 5 o'clock
and every effort known was made to bring him back. Charles was a son of
John Bryan who lives a short distance south of the city.
May 25, 1908 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
(Charley was my GG uncle & 3C3R)
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