Henry W. Cohlmeyer
DROWNED IN THE WABASH
Henry W. Cohlmeyer, of This County, Losses His Life While Bathing.
Henry W. Cohlmeyer, aged 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Cohlmeyer, living about
ten miles northeast of this city, was drowned in the Wabash river at New Harmony, Ind.,
He went down to the river and saw a crowd of small boys in bathing, and concluded to join
them in their pleasure. He did not know the depth of the water and waded out too far, and
being unable to swim he began a fight for his life in the water, which resulted in death being
the victor. The boys were too small to render him aid, but ran for assistance, which arrived
too late. The body was in the water about six hours.
Mr. Cohlmeyer was a baker by trade. He was a member of the Methodist church and a devoted
Christian, and those who knew him say, "A better boy than Henry never lived." He was also a
member of the Wabash Lodge No. 3170, M. W. A., of New Harmony, and carried a $2,000 policy for
the benefit of his parents in that order.
Besides his parents, he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Guy Bell, of this city, being one of them.
The body arrived here on the Southern early Monday morning and was taken to the M. W. A. hall,
where it lay until 8 o'clock; from there it was conveyed to Hopewell Cemetery, where the funeral
service was conducted by Rev. J. C. Kinison.
Geo. C. Taylor, P. M. Whitacre, J. B. Armstrong, F. L. Pfore, Benj. Kuykendall and W. B. Givens,
members of the Wabash Lodge at New Harmony, accompanied the remains to this city.
(Next day's paper)
Henry Cohlmeyer, while bathing in the Wabash river near New Harmony, Ind., Saturday was
drowned-a sad and distressing event to the people of this community. He was about 25 years of age,
and leaves a mother and father, three sisters and an extended circle of friends to mourn his demise.
Funeral was preached by Rev. Kinison, interment taking place at Hopewell Saturday at 10 a.m. Henry
was a young man who could not be contented with such opportunities as was afforded him here, so he
went to seek a wider and better sphere. He was preparing to enter the ministry, where, as he said,
"I may labor for God" He was loved and reverenced by all who knew him. He is gone, yet his name will
continue to live in the hearts of his friends and loved ones, and above all his soul is reigning in
bliss and everlasting peace.
Submitted by: Ken Richardson