Monday, February 18, 2013

Schworm, Stellla 1895-1942 Edmeston Obituary

Schworm, Stella 1895-1942 Edmeston Obituary

The article below listed her name as Minnie.  This seems to be in error.  They may
have mistakenly used her mother's name.  Several census reports and her gravestone
at the Edmeston Union Cemetery lists her name as Stella Schworm.

Woman Drowns In Creek
Near Edmeston Home

Edmeston---Falling from the end of a boat while feeding ducks, Mrs. Minnie Schworm, 47, wife of Harry J. Schworm, Edmeston merchant, was drowned in flood swollen Mill Creek early yesterday afternoon.
Body was removed to the Houk funeral home, where services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3. Rev. Winfield Kelly will officiate, and interment will be in the Edmeston Union cemetery.
Mrs. Schworm and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Robert Schworm, left their homes shortly after 2 to feed their ducks in the nearby stream. The ducks were in a section formerly used as a swimming hole and it depth had been increased by a heavy rain Wednesday night.
Neighbors were advised that two boats were tied to trees, and that Mrs. Schworm entered one of them to throw feed to the ducks. The swift current apparently rocked the boat, pitching her into the water. Failing in an effort to rescue her mother-in-law, Mrs. Robert Schworm shouted for help, but several minutes elapsed before her cries were heard by a neighbor, Mrs. William Card.
Mrs. Card is reported to have seen the woman in the water. She rushed to the bank of the stream and threw a board into the water, but the victim was unable to grasp it and soon disappeared from sight of the two women. Mrs. Card then called for aid, and several volunteers arrived within a few minutes to aid in searching for the body.
Almost two hours later the body was found about a half mile from the scene of the drowning. The woman's dress had caught on a limb on the opposite side of the stream and it requ8ired several minutes for volunteers to reach the body. Artificial respiration was applied by several men, and an inhaltor was used,m but after two hours of first aid work the victim was pronounced dead by Dr. E. C. Granger, Edmeston physician and county coroner.
Her son, Donald, was one of three men drowned when their canoe capsized in Big Moose Lake Nov. 12, 1940.
She was born Aug. 17, 1895, in New Berlin, a daughter of Frank and Minnie (Wheeler) Beatty, and her marriage to Mr. Schworm occurred Oct. 14, 1914. Mrs. Schworm attended the Methodist church, and was a past matron of the Edmeston OES.
Surviving are her husband and three sons, Robert, Earl, and Leon, all of Edmeston; and a sister, Mrs. Earl Becker of Newark Valley.

Find A Grave Memorial for Stella Schworm 

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