Drowned in the Canal

by Laurel | August 24th, 2009

August 24, 1903, page 08

The body of Joseph Beauchamp, 63, who lived at 530 South Bridge street, was found in the bed of the second level canal near the Jackson street bridge early yesterday morning. The body was removed from the canal by Michael Crane of 120 Race street, and the police and the medical examiner notified. There is no reason to suspect foul play, as his watch and a sum of money were found on him, and there were no marks of external violence. Tracks on the canal bank indicated that in a confused state he wandered down to the edge, and in attempting to retrace his steps, fell in, and his struggles may have carried him to the center of the canal, where he was found. No one seems to have heard his shouts, if he raised any. He leaves a widow and five daughters, one a nun at Ingleside, and two sons. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning, with services at the Precious Blood church.

From The Springfield Republican.

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