JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
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COHLMEYER, H.W.
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., 
Saturday afternoon.
            
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.


Source: 
Date: 7-11-1903
Submitted by; Ken Richardson



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