Utica Girl Drowns in Lake Near Dixon
Miss Beverly Drury, 19, of Utica, Ky., drowned Friday afternoon at Reel-em-in Lake near Dixon where she was reportedly swimming. The lake is owned by Bill Walker of Henderson.
Reports said Miss Drury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Druty of Utica, was at the lake with Ben Watson of Owensboro.
Watson told authorities that he and Miss Drury had gone to the lake, where they were to be joined by another Owensboro couple.
However, when they reached the lake, he was quoted as saying, "She jumped right in." He said the girl went down immediately, but reappeared on the surface and yelled to him what he thought was "Yoohoo!" and he surmised she was in no trouble.
"But she went down again," he continued, "and when she did not come up I got excited and yelled for help." He said two unidentified fisherman and a telephone lineman answered his call.
The girl was quickly found and the lineman, an expert in artificial respiration, attempted to revive her, but his efforts were to no avail.
She was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Henderson, where the fire department's resuscitator was used, but this too failed to revive the girl.
Funeral services were held at 9:00 o'clock Monday morning at St. Anthony's Catholic Church at Brown's Valley in Daviess County. Rev. Thomas Libbs, pastor, officiated. Burial in St. Peter's cemetery.
The Sebree Banner
Thursday, June 5, 1952
used with permission