COLLIE, WILL E. - Baxter County, Arkansas | WILL E. COLLIE - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Will E. COLLIE

Norfork Cemetery
Baxter County,
Arkansas

Husband of Ada Jane Collie

July 23, 1885-April 26, 1927

The Baxter Bulletin
April 29, 1927
The worst tragedy that has happened in the county for a number of years occurred about one hundred yards above the mouth of Big Creek in White River on Tuesday morning. when three men met death by drowning. Those losing their lives were Will Collie, Max Flannigan and Willie Jones. Mr. Collie is survived by his wife and the two men are survived by their wives and each have children.
The tragedy occurred when the men were making an effort to stretch a cable across White River at Old Rothville. A smaller wire had been stretched across the river and an effort was being made to get the larger cable across. The men were in a small boat and had the boat anchored in mid-stream. At the place where the boat was anchored the current is very swift and the boat was sucked under, all three men being thrown into the treacherous river. All three of the men came up one time, but Collie and Jones went down shortly after rising the one time. John Tillie who was assisting the men on one side of the river said that Flannigan came up and swam a considerable distance before he sank the last time. Flannigan was an expert swimmer.
The river at this time has some eight foot of water in it above the normal stage of the stream.
The bodies of neither of the men have been found Tuesday evening.
Some fifty people were assisting n the search for the bodies on Tuesday. The high stage of the river and the stream being muddy will make it difficult to recover the bodies.
Mr. Collie is survived by his wife and several brothers and sisters. He was the brother of Claude Collie of this place.

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The Baxter Bulletin
May 6, 1927
The bodies of Will Collie and Max Flannigan, who were drowned at Shipps Ferry on Tuesday of last week, while trying to stretch a ferry cable, were recovered Sunday morning. Searching parties who have been at work steadily since the triple drowning happened, found them on a sand bar about four miles below where the accident happened.
The bodies of Collie and Flannigan were buried Sunday at Norfork.
(From the files of Max Parnell.)

Contributed on 4/10/09 by maxparnell
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