Place of Death: Little Rock,Arkansas
Source: Arkansas Gazette
The bodies of Jim YANCY, aged 47, and A.B.
JOHNSON, 23, negro convicts, who drowned in the
Arkansas River near the Daniels plantation last
Wednesday, were recovered yesterday morning, about a
half mile down stream from the scene of the tragedy.
Dr. Samuel G. Boyce, coroner, aided by W. J. Davis, a
volunteer Red Cross official in the Daniels farm
area, towed the bodies to land and sent them to
Little Rock in a Dubbisson & Co., ambulance. Both
bodies were buried in the prison cemetery yesterday.
The negroes drowned while a large crew of negro
convicts were being transferred from the Frazier
plantation to the levee at the Daniels farm. A boat
capsized and several were spilled into the swift
river. All but Yancy and Johnson were rescued. Dr.
Boyce and Mr. Davis manned a rowboat out into the
river yesterday morning and while the latter handled
the boat, Dr. Boyce used a lariat in reaching Yancys
body, which was several feet above water in a tree.
After many attempts, the rope finally caught on the
body and it was towed to shore. Only a few hundred
yards away, the body of Johnson was found in quiet
water. No trouble was experienced in towing the body
to the bank. There were three or four swift currents
in the river, and the recovery of the bodies was made
with much danger.
Arkansas Gazette, 1927 Flood