04 December 2015

On This Day: Bruder boy drowns


The Bruder boys were ice skating On This Day in 1880 when the ice broke and the younger boy drowned. John, age 9, fell through and drowned. His body had not yet been recovered by the time the paper went to print.



John had been skating with his 12 year old brother Christian. The older boy tried to save his brother and was almost drowned himself. The two boys, sons of J. Bruder of East King Street, had been skating on the Conestoga River just below the Woodward Hill Cemetery.



Sources

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 4 December 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.







On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.

                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.