New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - George Keys

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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - George Keys

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George Keys of New York, aged about ten years, was drowned last Friday while bathing on Mary’s shore at Locust :Point. The boy was visiting at Dr. A. A. Edwards’s with his mother. Dr. Edwards’s sister married a Mr. Peters of New York and Mrs. Keys is Mr. Peters’s sister. The Edwards’s, Mrs. Keys and the Misses Lufburrow of Locust Point went out sailing Friday morning on the river. Young Keys, Allie Peters and Walter Reed of Seabright, all about the same age, rowed across the creek to Hartshorne’s point, more familiarly known as Mary’s shore.

About ten o’clock the boys went in bathing. The Keys boy was unable to swim. The boys were all together when they suddenly got into a deep hole that was made some time ago by a vessel that was sunk at that point in the river. The hole is quite a distance from shore and cannot be reached without going beyond one’s depth except at very low tide. This was the case on Friday. When the Keys boy found that he was beyond his depth he clutched both his companions and came near dragging them down with him. They were able to swim a little and they reached a place of safety. They were too badly frightened to help young Keys and he was drowned.

The body was found shortly after it went down by a boarder at Henry Wright’s . Dr. Russel G. Andrew of Atlantic Highlands was summoned but nothing could be done to save the boy’s life. The body was taken to New York on Saturday for burial. Mrs. Keys is a widow and George was her only son.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, July 11, 1900

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