The East Liverpool Tribune
ITALIAN DROWNED AT THE WALKER DAM
Fellow Workman Narrowly Escapes Death Trying to Rescue Him
Theodore Pegnoto, an Italian, aged 18 years, fell from a sand boat at dam No. 8 near Congo, at 7:30 yesterday morning and was drowned ( Jun. 27, 1906). The body was in the water two hours before being recovered. A German known by his fellow workmen by no other name than "Fritz," came near losing his own life while attempting to rescue Pegnoto.
Pegnoto, with others, was at work on the dam, when he was seen to fall from the sand boat into the river. He could not swim, and the other Italians became greatly excited. The only one present who went to the rescue was the German. He jumped into the water and was immediately seized by Pregnoto and was rendered powerless. Meanwhile the Italians on the edge of the dam did not offer any assistance, but Fritz succeeded in freeing himself from the grasp of the drowning man.
Arner and Bower removed the body to their undertaking establishment and prepared it for burial. Squire W. C. Johnston, acting coroner, conducted an inquest, Dr. G. L Beaumont, E. L. Blankenship, Ara Jackson, J. P. Wright, Joseph Gower and G. O Arner serving as jurors.
The verdict waas accidential drowning.
The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock this morning form Sacred Heart church, the Rev. Father, Sauer officiating. Interment will be made in St. Aloysius cemetery, East Liverpool.
Carlo Pegnoto, a brother of the deceases, was among the force at the dam when the drowning occurred.