Body recovered from river

Today In History

March 3, 1887 — The body of Abe Duncan, who was supposed to have been drowned in the river on Tuesday after January court, was found floating on the river last Thursday evening, about seven miles below the point where he attempted to cross.

Mr. John G. Beylor was the first to discover him, and at once took his skiff and drew him ashore. He at once notified coroner Hudson, who, on Friday went and examined him.

An inquest was deemed unnecessary. Duncan’s body was in an advanced state of decomposition, and could only be recognized by his clothing and articles found on his person.

In his pockets were a purse and $2.50, a bag of tobacco, spectacles, turkey bone (he was a famous hunter) and his boat lock and key.

He had been in the water more than four weeks, and would probably never have been found had not the river recently raised and dislodged him, it is supposed, from a fish dam or other obstruction in the stream. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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