Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Harold Sherman, Leon Gaskill, Raymond and Walter Blakeslee

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Harold Sherman, Leon Gaskill, Raymond and Walter Blakeslee

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Four Boys Drowned

Long Branch Boys Lose their Lives in the Surf

A sad drowning accident occurred at Long Branch on Monday morning, when the sons of three prominent families at that place lost their lives in the surf. The victims of the accident were Harold Sherman, aged twelve years, son of Harry Sherman, cashier of the Citizens' national bank; Leon Gaskill, aged eleven years, son of Alex. W. Gaskill, manager of Schultz's carbonated water business and Raymond and Walter Blakeslee, sons of Prof. Charles W. Blakeslee, vice principal of the Long Branch public schools

The four boys, in company with Stanley Bouse and Arthur Craig, went in bathing at Cranmer's bathing grounds. They wandered along the beach, some distance from the bathing ground, until they were beyond the surveillance of the life guards. While the four boys were wading in the surf they were suddenly swept out to sea by an undertow and sank within sight of their companions, who were further in shore. The Bouse boy told a life guard at the bathing grounds, but just what had happened was not fully realized until it was too late to save the boys. No one but the two companions of the boys saw them drown.

Search was at once begun for the bodies with a seine and the bodies of the Sherman and Gaskill boys were soon recovered. The bodies of the Blakeslee boys have not yet been found.

Harold Sherman was an only child. The Blakeslees have another child and the Gaskills have two other children. The parents are grief stricken and the whole town has been thrown into a state of mourning, as all the boys were well-known and popular.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Aug 28, 1901

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