Portsmouth, NH Rowboat Accident, Aug 1898

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FIVE DROWNED NEAR PORTSMOUTH.

A WOMAN AND FOUR CHILDREN LOSE THEIR LIVES ON THE PISCATAQUA RIVER.

Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 7. -- As a party, consisting of ALEXANDER GREEN, his wife and two children, and WOLSANG GEIGER, his wife and two children, were coming down the Piscataqua River from Great Bay, in a rowboat, about 8:15 o'clock tonight, the tide, which was setting in strongly as they approached the Dover Point Bridge, forced their boat violently against the piling, breaking the craft in two and throwing all into the water.
The cries of the unfortunate people were heard by James Drew, the draw-tender, and his assistants, who went to their aid and succeeded in rescuing the two men and MRS. GREEN, but MRS. GEIGER and the four children were beyong reach and were drowned.
GREEN and GEIGER both belong in this city, the former being employed on Frank Jones's farm, and GEIGER as a laborer at Eldredge's brewery. GREEN'S children were three and seven years old, and GEIGER'S about the same age, his wife being about forty. The rescued persons were brought here on a late train.

New York Tribune 1898-08-08