Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday July 24, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 24, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, July 24, 1880 The man finished papering and painting Saras room today. I helped him a little with the painting. In the Tribune today among the telegraphed items I saw that Henry Myers 9 years old fell from the dock of the Knickerbocker ice Co. at Flat-bush and was drowned yesterday. In the afternoon Girards wifes brother came down and confirmed our fears that it was the little boy who was staying with Marys mother. His mother died there about two years ago and he has been staying there since. He and another little boy were fishing between 7 & 8 in the evening when in the excitement of catching a fish he fell into the water. The other little boy could only scream for help but no one was near. He said he came up three times and then disappeared. They had not been able to find the body, had telegraphed to his father but were not sure the telegram reached him. Although I never saw the little fellow his sad death has greatly saddened me. It seems he might so easily have been saved. My heart aches for the poor father to whom he must have been doubly dear now that his mother was dead. Downing came riding up on his bicycle about dark. He started from N. Y. at 9 this morning and rode to Peekskill 47 miles where he took the train. A letter from Sara still having a very pleasant time and a letter from Mr. Bachelder wanting me to go with him to Seconnet near Newport sometime in the early part of August, not being able on account of some business to go any where just now.

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