Charles Walter Anson

Male - 1927

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  • Name Charles Walter Anson 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aug 1927 
    Person ID I65886  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Father Frederick Anson 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Ella Walter 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F28905  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Charles Walter Anson - died August 10, 1927, age 12 years. Son of Frederick and Ella Walter Anson.
      Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, August 11, 1927 Sandy Creek News - Sandy Creek, New York - Anson Boy Drowns - Father Tries To Save Son - Boy Loses Life on Last Dip Before Rejoining Picnickers on Shore - Handicapped by his shoes and clothing, Fred Anson of Clay was unable to save his 12-year-old son, Charles Walter, from drowning in Panther Lake, Oswego county, Wednesday afternoon, despite several attempts. Boys and girls of the Morgan M. E. church Sunday school class, which is taught by Miss Eunice Anson, a sister of the youngster, were enjoying themselves at their annual picnic when they decided to go in bathing after lunch. Shortly before 3:30 o'clock, Mr. and Mrs. Anson called the group from the water and told all to dress. Russell Olmstead, a chum of Charles Anson, was standing out in the lake about 15 feet and Charles took a notion to fake a last dip out where his friend was. He waded out, stepped on a rock within a few feet of Russell and slipped into deep water. Hearing the shrill cries, Mr. Anson doffed his coat and swam out to his son's side. He succeeded in grasping him several times. Once he had him almost out of danger, but something forced both under water and the son slipped from his father's grasp forever. Diving several times was of no avail. Mr. Anson could not locate the body on the floor of the lake. It was almost a half hour later when grappling hooks, which had been obtained from Clay, were hooked onto the shoulder strap of Charles' bathing suit and the body recovered. It was taken to the undertaking rooms of I. L. Tucker in Liverpool and later removed to the home on Euclid road, town of Clay. Private prayer service will be conducted at the home at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon and a half hour later in the Morgan M. E. church. Burial will be in Daysville, town of Richland. Charles Anson was a pupil in district 16 school in Clay and was to enter the fifth grade next month. He was a member of the Morgan M. E. church and active in the Sunday school class. Surviving besides the parents, Fred and Ella Anson, are two sisters, Eunice and Luella, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Walter of North Syracuse and Charles Anson of Liverpool.
      Newspaper Obituary - Thursday Evening, August 11, 1927 Syracuse Herald - Syracuse, New York - Father Makes Great Effort To Save Boy - Breaks Away Three Times to Frantic Effort to Beat Death - Panther Lake Scene - Last Rites for Charles Anson Saturday at Clay - With the mother and other members of the family standing horror stricken on the shore 15 feet away Fred Anson of Clay battled in the waters of Panther Lake, Oswego County, yesterday in a vain effort to save his son, Charles Walter, 12, from drowning. The body was recovered last night after a two-hour search by Edward Jones, Syracuse morgue attache. Although Panther Lake is out of the jurisdiction of the Onondaga County coroner's office, Jones made the trip alone at the searcher's request. He supervised the dragging. According to older residents on the lake side, this is the first drowning there. They tell of an old Indian legend that years ago a medicine doctor blessed the lake, and declared the waters never would take a human life. The family had gone to the lake on a picnic of the Morgan M. E. Sunday School. Miss Eunice Anson, sister of the boy, is a teacher in the Sunday School. The boys and girls of the class had been in the water most of the afternoon when Mr. and Mrs. Anson ordered them all out. Most of the youngsters obeyed. Charles was following the others to the shore when he noticed a chum, Russell Ormstead, standing in the water about 15 feet from shore. He took a last dive towards his playmate. As he stood up in the water his foot slipped on a rock and he plunged into a deep hole. His father saw the boy go under and heard his scream for help. He threw off his hat and coat as he stepped into the lake and rushed to the boy's help. He caught hold of his son and was dragging him to safety when the boy grabbed at him frantically and both went under. The father came to the surface and succeeded in catching the boy again but lost his hold. He caught the boy the third time and again the youngster's struggles caused him to lose his grip and the boy slipped out of his arms. He dived time and time again but was unable to find any trace of the youngster. Dragging equipment was called from Clay, but none of the searchers was experienced in its use and Jones was asked to help in the search. The body was taken to the family home where private funeral services will be held Saturday. Services will also be held in the Morgan Church and burial will be in Daysville Cemetery. The boy was a pupil of District 16 school. town of Clay. Surviving besides his parents and sister, Eunice, are another sister, Luella, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Walter of North Syracuse, and Charles Anson of Liverpool.