Stealing away from mother who was preparing
supper and taking her baby sister and three-year-old brother** to play
on the sand barges just below the city wharf boat, little eleven-year-old
Alzie Beach fell from the boat and was drowned in about five feet of water.
The body had not been found up to the time of going to press, although the father of the drowned child with a companion dragged the river for hours after the accident.
The fatality was witnessed by no one except the three-year-old brother and who gave the alarm. The baby was too young to know what was taking place.
A colored man was the first to the scene of the drowning and Mrs. Beach was soon on the spot and directly afterward Mr. Beach, returning from town, reached the spot.
Miss Alzie slipped out of the kitchen in the wharf boat where her mother was preparing supper and with her three-year-old brother, Sam, and the baby, not yet old enough to walk, went to the sand barges. Two empty barges were connected with the shore by drive ways where the sand had been unloaded from them. A mussel shell boat well filled with the shells was anchored on the outer edge of the unloading barges and was snug up against it.
Leaving the baby on the barge the girl and her little brother jumped down on the mussel shells to play and to sort out some nice shells, which looked pretty to the childish eye. The boy was seated in the middle of the pile of shells, he says, when his sister stepped up on the edge of the mussel shell
boat and placing her hands on the edge of the barge. This action caused the light boat to drift outward from the barge.
There the girl stood for a few moments her feet on the outer boat and her hands on the barge. The distance became too great and she fell. She fell into the water without uttering a cry and it is not known what then became of her as she was not seen after that as the little boy went crying to his
mother, telling her of the accident.
Mrs. Beach rushed to the scene but could do nothing. She did not see even a movement of the water and it is believed that the body might have become wedged under one of the barges. The screams of Mrs. Beach attracted a number of people who arrived shortly after Mr. Beach did. Several spike hooks were secured and a search of the water in the vicinity of where the girl fell in was made but with no result. A boat was then secured and with a grappling hook the bottom was dragged.
Miss Alzie Beach is the step-daughter of Hence Beach and the daughter of Mrs. Beach by former marriage.
The little girl was an attendant at the Seventh street school.
** Algie's brother that they reference must have been Sam (Beach), who
would have actually been 5 years old.
Henderson Daily Gleaner (Page 8) - May 9, 1907
Headline: BODY OF ALGIE BEACH IS FOUND IN RIVER NEAR FOOT OF AUDUBON
STREET BY BEN REESOR, A FISHERMAN
Was drowned on Saturday Evening, April the Twentieth - Inquest is Held.
The body of Algie Beach, the eleven year old
daughtger of Mr. and Mrs. Hince Beach, who live on the wharfboat, was recovered
from the river Wendesday morning. The little girl was drowned off
a barge near the wharfboat on the evening of April 20 and for several days
the river was dragged and a diligent effort was made to raise the body,
but everything proved a failure.
The body was found floating down the river and Bennie Reesor, a fisherman, picked it up near the shore at the foot of Audubon street. Hince Beach, the step-father of the child, identified the body and Coroner Hart Floyd, of Cairo, held the inquest.
The following verdict was rendered: "We, the jury, find the body before us to be that of Miss Algie Beach and that she came to her death by accidentally drowning off a barge at or near the
wharfboat Henderson, Ky., on Saturday, April 20th, about the hour of 7 o'clock p.m., 1907. (Names of jury given.) The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the establishment of W.H. Klee, undertaker.