Lacaygne, KS Boating Accident, May 1896

FATAL AMUSEMENT.

TWO LADIES DROWNED WHILE BOATING IN THE STREETS.

Fort Scott, Kan., May 25. -- MRS. GEORGE RICKETT and MISS CASSADY, well-known society ladies of Lacaygne, while out boat riding on the streets of of that place last evening, were drowned by the overturning of their boat.
The town was flooded by the recent rains, and water stood from four to six feet deep in the streets. Several parties were out boat riding. A strong current carried a boat containing the mandolin club against the one in which MRS. RICKETT and MISS CASSADY, with four others, were boating, causing it to tip. A Mr. Watkey saved his boy by throwing him into a tree, and a Miss Dyer saved herself by clinging to the boat. The bodies of MRS. RICKETT and MISS CASSADY have been recovered.

St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1896-05-26