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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Frank Carlson ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Frank Carlson
BORN: Abt 1868 DIED: Jul 1895 BURIED: 12 Jul 1895
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Grocery Clerk, Bartender, Logger
BIRTH PLACE:  Smoland, Sweden
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
IOOF - Frank Carlson, age 27, born in Sweden, died in Salem by drowning.
He Jumped from the Swimming Pier into the Willamette River Yesterday. 
At the point of land projecting from the west bank of the Willamette river opposite the foot of State street there is situated the Y.M.C.A. swimming pier, from which members of the association and others leap in their aquatic sport. At the end of this a springboard is fastened on which the more fearless ones stand when desirous of making a high leap or turning a somersault into the water. 
About 11 o’clock yesterday forenoon Frank Carlson, a logger and one of the crew engaged in driving a lot of cottonwood logs down the river to Newberg for C. K. Spalding who has a contract to supply a large quantity to the Oregon City paper mills, stepped onto that board, made a couple of springs and went into the water. Within twenty minutes from that time he was a corpse and other members of the crew were making desperate efforts to resuscitate him. 
His death occurred about as follows: He, with Robert Bailey, Frank Cole, John Dorn and John Craig, were pausing along the Polk county side of the river to the bar just above the steel bridge for the purpose of spiking some logs that had lodged there. All were dressed as loggers usually are and each wore the regulation logger’s shoes, the soles of which are quite thick and covered with several rows of short spikes. As they came up to the swimming pier Bailey bantered Cole and Carlson to jump into the river from the springboard. This was accepted and the two first named went off, Bailey turning a somersault as he left the board. Having the heavy clothes and shoes on they moved about in the water with considerable difficulty but managed to get safely on shore. Carlson walked to the end of the board, took off his hat, and remarking that he had too much money coming to him to drown and that he wanted to spend it before quitting this world, dove off. He evidently aimed to go straight down but failed in this and struck nearly flat on his face and stomach. His body went below the surface of the water and came up in a moment or two, his hands and head appearing first. It was noticed that he was laboring hard to swim and suddenly, he seemed to be motionless. His companions saw that he was drowning and called to Alfred Lambard, another of the crew who was in a boat farther up the stream, to come to Carlson’s rescue. Lambard pulled for the place where Carlson’s hands were sticking out of the water, and as his boat came alongside of him, made a grab at them but missed his mark and was carried on by, the boat moving quite speedily. Realizing that the only thing to do was to grapple for the body of Carlson or send a diver down, some of the crew started for their pike poles and another went after Robert Hornbuckle, an expert swimmer, who was working with another crew on the bar below the bridge. 
As soon as he reached the place where Carlson was last seen he stripped off his clothes and dove for the body, which was in water from 10 to 14 feet in depth. As he went down Hornbuckle saw Carlson’s body on the bottom about twenty-five feet above the swimming pier, he got him by the heel of one foot and attempted to come up. To Hornbuckle it seemed as though Carlson had hold of some object on the river bed, but he managed to rise to the surface with him and others of the crew came to his assistance and got him and the body out onto the bank of the river. Carlson had been in the water about twenty minutes but his companions thought there might be a possibility of bringing him to life and hurriedly placed him across the boat, which they had pulled out of the water, and began rolling him. This proved of no avail and the body was brought across the river and taken to A. M. Clough’s undertaking rooms. As the body was laid on the cooling board it was thought there was a slight pulsation about the heart and Drs. C. H. Hall and W. H. Byrd tried their skill at resuscitating the drowned man, but their efforts were fruitless. 
While Mr. Clough was consulting with Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Condit as to the advisability of holding a coroner’s inquest a great crowd of people visited the room where the body of Carlson lay. - A detailed report of the inquest followed, with testimony from Robert Bailey, Frank Cole, John Craig, John Dorn, Alfred Lambard and R. Hornbuckle as witnesses. The jury, John Savage, Jr., G. W. Putnam, G. A. Rockwell, Alonzo Gesner, C. L. Keller and J. H. McCormick rendered the verdict of accidental drowning. 
Carlson is a native of Sweden, having been born in the province of Smoland, and was employed in a grocery store in the town of Eksjoe, Sweden, prior to coming to the United States. To Salem people he was best known as a bartender, having worked for Edward Anderson of the Fan saloon about two years ago. Since then he has worked at different jobs, such as assisting Plummer & Ault in the construction of the Tooze buildings at Woodburn and lastly for Mr. Spalding during the past eight months as a logger. He had a trunk at the boarding house of James Gow in Woodburn which Mr. Anderson had brought to Salem last night by the 11 o’clock train. 
Arrangements for his funeral were completed last night. At 3 p.m. today services over the remains will be conducted by Rev. P. S. Knight at Mr. Clough’s undertaking rooms and burial will be in Rural cemetery. All friends and acquaintances are especially invited to attend. The place where Carlson was drowned is almost directly opposite where U. M. Brown lost his life Tuesday. 
Oregon Statesman 12 July 1895 4:2,3
IOOF Register of Burials 
OS 12 July 1895 4:2,3

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