Shawano County Journal

Thursday, May 11, 1893


 JAMES HONICH, a resident of the 3rd ward, met a very quick death at the dam last Sunday morning by drowning. He had just reached the dam, and was climbing down from the bridge onto one of the waste-ways to look for fish, balancing his body on a spear pole, when the pole broke in two and he was precipitated into the log-sluice. The water was high and running very swiftly, and in a second Honich was swept into the deep pool below, never to be again seen alive. He was seen to rise but once, and as he was a good swimmer it is believed he must have hurt himself when he fell in. On the bridge were quite a number of fishermen, but none appear to have noticed Honich except one Kapernick, who stood on the north side of the bridge and saw him when he fell in. He gave the alarm at once, and as soon as practicable the water was shut off and a search instituted for the body, but without success. On the following day, however, Honich's body was found by an Indian, about 30 rods below the railroad bridge, when a coroner's jury was summoned by Justice Breed and a verdict given in accordance with the facts. The following day Honich's remains were interred in the city cemetery. Honich came here from Chicago about a year ago. He was 30 years of age, and leaves a wife and one child. Mrs. Honich runs the Chicago Laundry.