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June 17, 2012

Full text of 1897 testimony

GREENVILLE — The following is a transcription of text from the June 17, 1897 edition of the Greenville Evening Herald.

Three Tragic Deaths

T.H. King, Miss Kate Austin and Miss Schenck Drowned

Were Bathing in Mr. King’s Pool

Their Bodies Recovered and Brought to the City – the Sworn Testimony of Fred Norsworthy, the Only Eye Witness to the Horrible Affair.

The accidental drowning of Mr. T.H. King, cashier of the First National Bank, Miss Kate Austin, of this city, and Miss Ida Schenck of Sherman has been the sole topic of conversation on the streets to-day. The drowning occurred about 11 o’clock last night in a pool in Mr. King’s pasture six miles northwest of Greenville.

The first news of this horrible affair was brought to the city at about 12:30 o’clock this morning by Fred Norsworthy, who was present and witnessed the drowning, and who first communicated the news to Mr. Joe Jones. Mr. Jones immediately notified the officers and a few minutes later left for the scene of the drowning in company with Sheriff Patton, City Marshall Velvin, ‘Squire F.M. Newton, Lee Ivey, E.W. Harris and Padgett Beckham.

Arriving at the pool, the body of Miss Kate Austin was discovered floating in the water, and was rescued. Drag hooks were thrown in, but it soon became evident that the other bodies could not be reached without the assistance of a boat, and Padgett Beckham returned to the city and secured a boat and vehicles. The body of Miss Schenck was found next, and then the body of Mr. King.

The bodies were brought to the city and the remains of Mr. King were taken in charge by Lasater & Harrison who embalmed the body and prepared it for burial and took it to his residence. The other bodies were taken to Miss Kate Austin’s home. Miss Austin’s body was embalmed and will be sent to Missouri for interment.

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