GARRISON, Marion Emery

Date of birth: 27 July 1905 Bartholomew County, Indiana

Date of death: 3 August 1952 Prince's Lake, Johnson County, Indiana

Franklin Evening Star, 4 August 1952

Continue Search Today For Body Of Store Official
Emery Garrison Drowns Sunday At Prince's Lake
City, County, State Authorities Are At County Resort
      City, county and state authorities were still searching Monday afternoon
for the body of Emery Garrison, 47, well-known Franklin business man and
manager of the local Kroger store, who was believed to have drowned Sunday
morning at approximately 4 a.m. at Prince's Lake, 13 miles southwest of
      Garrison fell from his rowboat about 25 yards from the shore near the dam
at the East end of the main lake, one of a chain of seven at the southern
county resort area.      
				On Fishing Trip
     The victim was on an early morning fishing trip with his son Robert, 17,
and two of the boy's friends, when the boys heard a splash from near the
boat and swam out but were unable to save Mr. Garrison.
      The area where he was believed to have gone down is approximately 25 feet
deep, but the Sheriff's office reported there are dropoffs that range from
40 to 50 feet in depth.
      Divers and search equipment from New Castle, Anderson, Shelbyville,
Columbus, Camp Atterbury, Indianapolis and Greensburg are being used in
search which has continued in shifts since the first report of the
      An early morning 6 o'clock call to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center
was sent today to request deep sea diving equipment and divers, but as of
2 p.m. they had not reached the scene.
      Diving operations are being hindered greatly because of the presence of
large tree, stumps and other debris at the bottom of the artificial lake.      
				Use Underwater Light
      Searchers worked all Sunday night and early Monday morning, using an under
water searchlight but to no avail.
      Mr. Garrison was born July 27, 1905 in Bartholomew County, the son of John
C. Garrison and Amanda Coy Garrison.  He was married to Mildred Cooper on
July 21, 1926.
      Besides the son he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Betty Davis,
24-years-of-age, and a grand-daughter, Pamela Annett, in addition to a
sister, Mrs. Merle Adkins of Columbus.
      Mr. Garrison managed the local Kroger grocery store for 23 years and
recently received his 25-year pin, for service with that company.
      He attended Edinburg High School and was a member of the Tabernacle
Christian Church, having served as a deacon.  He also belonged to the Elks

Franklin Evening Star, 5 August 1952
 Navy Diver Finds Body Of Manager of Local Store
Funeral Rites For Emery Garrison To Be Held Wednesday
      United States Navy divers from Great Lakes, Ill., today found the body of
drowning victim; Emery Garrison, 47, well-known Franklin resident, 20
minutes before the search in a deep sea diving suit was to be abandoned at
Prince's Lake.
      G.M. 1 Eddie Doherty, professional Navy diver, whose home is Newark, N.J.,
stumbled upon the victim's body in 20 feet of water, where the visibility
was zero at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, three hours and 40 minutes after
the search had been resumed today.
      The recovery of the body culminated a 51-hour search which had begun at
approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning when Garrison fell from a rowboat
while fishing and drowned despite the efforts of his son Bob, 17 and two
companions, Harold Dillow of Franklin, and Hobey Cook, of Bargersville, to
rescue him. 
				Heard a Splash
     The group of boys had been standing on the shore when they heard a splash
and cries for help from the boat approximately 50 feet off shore.  The boys
had called for Garrison to return to land and they heard him moving about
the boat before the splash was heard.
      It was reported that the Garrison boy was able to grasp his father twice
but was unable to hold him.  The boys, after further search, returned to
Nineveh where they put in a call to Franklin for help.  Military policemen
from Camp Atterbury reached the scene first, followed shortly by the local
      A professional diving team from Great Lakes arrived Monday afternoon at
Atterbury Air Force Base by plane, after being summoned when all available
diving equipment in this area proved insufficient.
      The group, under the command of Lt. Comdr. R. D. Slagle, Hdq. Ninth
District, began their search Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. after working
through the night to set up the equipment.
      Dr. Lt. (jg) R. B. Jennings, U.S. Hospital 13, Great Lakes;  M. R. 2
Lonnie Johnson, naval diver whose home is Kansas City, Kans; and F. P. 1
R. P. Young, of Elkton, Ky., were the other Naval personnel who brought
about the recovery of the body.    
				Engineers Build Bridge
      They were aided greatly by the 106th engineers from Camp Atterbury who
built a pontoon boat which held the 2,600 pounds of equipment necessary
for the diving operation.
      In addition, Sheriff Howard Maxwell, Deputies Garner Wood and Charles
Shipp; Franklin Police officers, Chief Robert Samples, Captain Lee Sloan,
Officer Ed Linneman, Officer Jack Moore; State Troopers Purcell,
Normington, Torrance and Konkle; Provost Marshall Col. Saller from
Atterbury and Game Warden, Ernie Fishel were at the scene of the tragedy
during the three-day search.
      Sheriff Howard Maxwell reported that a watch Garrison was wearing at the
time of the drowning had stopped at 4 o'clock.
      The body was returned to Franklin in the Flinn-Maguire ambulance at 1:15
p.m. Tuesday afternoon.    
				Services Set
      Funeral services will be conducted in the Flinn and Maguire mortuary at 2
o'clock Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. James T. Lawson, pastor of the
Tabernacle Christian church officiating.  Burial will be in Greenlawn
      Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 o'clock Wednesday morning
until time for the services.  They are invited to attend the rites.
      Surviving with the widow are the son, Robert; a daughter, Mrs. Bettie
Davis; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Garrison, of Edinburg; a
granddaughter Pamala Annette; and one sister, Mrs. Merle Adkins, of
Submitted by Mark E. Wirey