New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Edwin Lyle Conover

Drowned At Nut Swamp

A Six-Year-Old Boy Loses his Life in an Ice Pond

Edwin Lyle Conover, aged six years, son of Edward B. Conover of Nut Swamp, was drowned in an ice pond at that place last Thursday afternoon. Young Conover went to the pond with one of Henry Field’s sons. Young Field would not go in swimming with Conover but stayed on the bank and watched him. The pond is shallow, but there is a place near the flood gates where it is quite deep. Young Conover waded out and when a short distance from the shore he lost his footing and fell. The cries of young Field brought a farmhand to the pond but Conover had gone down for the last time when he reached there. The farmhand jumped in the water and found the body, but efforts at resuscitation were futile.

The funeral was held at the boy’s home on Saturday afternoon at two o’clock. Rev. P. K. Hageman officiated and the body was buried at Fair View cemetery. The pall bearers were Cecil, Lester and Harvey Conover and Alfred Luyster.

Mr. and Mrs. Conover have two other children, both of whom are younger than the drowned boy. The gates of the pond were raised and the pond drained shortly after the accident.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, June 28, 1899