New Jersey News - 1899 - Mosely Washington and Herman Hessenmuller Drowned

Two Drowning Accidents

One at Monmouth Beach and the Other at Elberon

Mosely Washington, a waiter at the Monmouth Beach club house, was drowned while bathing in the surf at that place last Saturday a week ago. He was a good swimmer and it is thought that he was stricken with apoplexy. His body was recovered and it was sent to his home at Marshall, Virginia.

Herman Hessenmuller, a waiter at the Elberon hotel, was drowned while bathing in the surf off that place on Tuesday of last week. He swam out beyond his depth and was caught in the undertow. Two companions of the drowned man, who were on the beach at the time, say that William Goodwin, the bathing master of the Elberon Beach club, refused them the use of the life boat to go to Hesssenmuller's rescue and that Goodwin made no effort himself to save him. The club rules prohibit bathing by servants in front of the club house and it is said that this is the excuse offered for refusing the use of the life boat. The affair has caused quite a stir and there is talk of an investigation.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, August 16, 1899