Citizen Tues July 18, 1944
Submitted by Kellie
Paris Fireman recovered the body of John Gaines, 15 year
old negro, Chapel St., at 11 0'clock last night from
Stoner creek near the old mill of East Main Street after
a search had been begun when clothing, identified by
relatives of the youth, was found earlier in the day in
the fork of the tree near the scene of the drowning.
Using grappling hook, Vernon Baber, and J.C. Frye,
Paris fireman, recovered the body six hours after Pat
Ray reported to police that he had found the clothing.
Mr. Ray first saw it at 10 o'clock yesterday morning and
reported the incident when the clothes were still there
at 4:30 P.M.
Mary Gaines, 22, and Anette Gaines, 20, sisters of the
youth reported that their brother, who had been
attending summer sessions of the Western High School
here, left home at 8 A.M. and yesterday, presumably to
attend his classes.
These sisters, alarmed at their brother's continued
absence from home identified the clothes when they
called at the police station to report his
Coroner Roxie Davis, who with the Deputy Coroner Fred
Link made an investigation, stated that an inquest was