July 2, 1910


July 2.-A ferryboat, operating on the Monongahela river, from Allenport, Washington county, to this city, was sunk this afternoon at 1 o'clock and six passengers had narrow escapes from drowning. A team of horses was drowned. Postmaster Theodore Jones, of Allenport, a passenger on the ferry, was rescued from the river I after great effort by employees of the ferry company. Five other passengers w4re taken from the river in boats. The ferry line is operated by an engine oh the Allenport side of the river and Is dawn from shore to shore by wire cables. As the boat was drawing near the Fayette City side of the river the team of horses moved near the bow of the boat, causing the bow to dip below the surface of the water, and the speed at which the ferry was moving caused the boat to scoop up a great quantity of water, and' finally the craft was sunk. The passengers were floundering in 10 feet of water when the employee of the ferry company Jumped into row boats and went to their rescue. Five of the passengers managed to keep themselves afloat until the rescuers got to them. They were pulled aboard of the row boats, and then the postmaster of Allenport was seen to come to the surface. A boatman jumped overboard and dragged the postmaster toward shore. He was unconscious and is reported to be In a serious condition. The team of horses on th ferry were owned by a brewing company, of this place, and were driven by J. Clark. The horses became entangled in the harness and although the employees of the ferry company tried to cut them loose from the heavy wagon, the animals were drowned before that could be accomplished.
March 12, 1911

 A Fire or a Thief Heroic William McFall of Allen-port Rescues Lad from the Monongahela. JUMPS FROM A FERRYBOAT (Special Telegram to Gazette Times.! FAYETTE CITY. PA., 

While the ferryboat at Fayette City crossed the Monongahela river to Allenport at noon today 4-year-old Steward McKechnie clung partly submerged to the cable operating the boat. On the river bank a gin with wet clothing stood watching the-boy as he rose and fell jwith the cable. Someone on the Fayette City shore chanced to see the child's peril and boy as he rose and fell jwith the cable. Someone on the Fayette City shore chanced to see the child's peril and shouted to the ferry engineer on the other side. Before the power could be shut off William McFall, a ferry passenger, glanced back and saw the child sink. McFall plunged into the stream and rescued the lad. Young McKechnie, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James McKechnie of Gillespie, near nere, was visiting his grandparents. Councilman and Mrs. Stewart Law here. He and his 6-year-old aunt, Fannie Law. left the housto go to a confectionery store. They played about the wharf. The boy seized the cable and I in an instant .was drawn out over the water, rannie, trying to rescue him, clutched him and waded out, urging him to let go of the cable. Stewart clutched thij cable all the harder. The girl, when waist-deep in the water, waded back to shore. The Monongahela is about 1.200 feet wide at this point and now is swollen by recent rains. The farther out the child was drawn the deeper he sank. On the ferryobat was William McFall of Allenport. assistant postmaster a at Charleroi. McFall saw the exhausted child being carried along in water 20 feet in depth, lose his grip and sink. McFall shed his coat and leaped into the river. The boy's head rose three tiroes while McFall swam toward him. McFall dived and a moment later came to the surface, grasping with one hand the unconscious boy. Henrv Troy pushed a skiff from shore to aid them. McFall held young McKech-nie's head above water and with the other he kept afloat. They were being carried down stream rapidly when Troy drew alongside. McFall clutched the skiff and still holding the boy was drawn ashore. Restoratives were given the boy and a half hour later he revived.

May 1919

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