Lake Geneva, IL Launch DISPATCH Swamped, July 1895

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SWAMPED IN LAKE GENEVA.

SIX PERSONS DROWNED BY THE CAPSIZING OF A STEAM LAUNCH.

PASSENGERS INSIST ON VENTURING FROM SHORE DESPITE THE APPROACHING STORM.

Lake Geneva, Ill., July 7. -- Six persons were drowned in Lake Geneva this afternoon by the swamping of the steam launch Dispatch in the tornado which swept over this section about 5 o'clock.
The drowned are:
DR. and MRS. HOGAN and child.
Father HOGAN, a Catholic priest from Harvard, Ill.
MRS. FRANC.
JOHN PRESTON, the engineer of the launch.
The engineer saw the storm coming and wished to remain in port at Elgin, Ill., but the passengers insisted on crossing over to Keyes Park. When half way across the storm struck the boat and it must have gone down like a shot.
Another steamer coming along picked up five hats and the body of MRS. HOGAN, who had been kept afloat by her large sleeves. She had been beaten by the storm, however, until life was extinct.
The Dispatch was one of the World's Fair launches and was owned by W. N. Johnson. The boat was worth about $3000.

The San Francisco Call California 1895-07-08