August 12, 1896: Third drowning in two days

On this day in Duluth in 1896, the Duluth News Tribune reported the drowning of a twelve-year-old boy named Cameron in Chester Creek, the third drowning in two days and another in a string of water-related tragedies in the Zenith City that summer. The previous day a fourteen-year-old was swimming near the Interstate Bridge when he began cramping and called for help. Bridge Engineer George W. Brandt jumped into St. Louis bay to save the boy, but both drowned in the effort to get ashore. The day before that three men—a Baptist minister, a Presbyterian minister, and a Congregational minister—from New Duluth drowned trying to run the falls of the St. Louis River about one and one half miles above Fond du Lac. They were last seen struggling in the rapids while their boat was “being ground to pieces among the rock and angry current.” A month earlier, eighteen-month old Ellen Jacobs who lived with her parents on Minnesota Avenue very near the waters of Lake Superior, drowned in the lake. She and some other children were playing on a small pier. When she did not return with the other children, her mother found her in shallow water. Worse, the child’s parents had lost their eight-year-old son in a similar accident seven years earlier.