James Edward Crowell, age 8 - 1931

Submitted by Donnie Pickard

Van Buren County Democrat

June 26, 1931

Son of Dr. Marvin Crowell and Mrs. Crowell Drowns

Dr. J. S. McMahan received a telegram this (Thursday) morning from his brother-in-law, Dr. Marvin Crowell of Cleveland, Ohio announcing the death yesterday by drowning of his only son, James Edward, and that interment would take place here at Clinton. As to when body would arrive here the message did not state but it is expected Interment will probably take place tomorrow afternoon. The deceased was an only child. Mrs. Crowell will be remembered as Miss Lizzie Deason sister of Mrs. McMahan.

Friday, July 3, 1931

Son of Dr. M.F. and Mrs. Crowell Drowns while Bathing

James E. Crowell, aged 8, only child of Dr. Marvin F. Crowell and Mrs. Crowell, of Cleveland, Ohio, laws buried at the Clinton Cemetery, Sunday morning June 28, following impressive funeral services at the M. E. church, South, conducted by Rev. J.M. Hughes, pastor.

Young Crowell was drowned late Wednesday afternoon, June 24, while bathing in a lake at Bay Village, some few miles from his home, where he was on a two weeks visit with Clayton Baum, a boy chum, aged 7. He and his friend were paddling on a log when a wave swept them off and the undertow carried Crowell out beyond his depth.

Life guards succeeded in rescuing young Baum as he went down for the second time, but Crowell's body was already out of sight. More than 200 bathers nearby and on the beach were unaware of the drowning until the body was brought ashore. Two life savers recovering young Crowell's body worked for an hour and a half to revive him but their efforts proved futile.

The deceased was a bright manly boy idolized by his father and mother and greatly admired by his friends and acquaintances. The father and mother were both born and reared in this county where they have large family connections and numerable friends who deeply sympathizes with them in the bereavement. Dr. Crowell, the father, is surgeon at the Veteran's Bureau at Cleveland.