The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 1, 1875

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Drowned in the River
A Sudden and Unhappy Death

This forenoon about half past eleven o'clock a cap was seen floating in the water near the Reciprocity elevator. The natural inference that some one was drowned prompted men in the locality to make a search and a short time the body of a man, Joseph Laundre, who had been employed on the steam barge Ellsworth as cook, was under the influence of liquor when he boarded the barge about eleven o'clock Captain Cole of the Ellsworth, had some words with Laundre about settling, the captain declining to pay him until he became sober, and Laundre was ejected from the galley.

As the crew of the Ellsworth lost sight of him soon after, it is probable that the unfortunate young fellow lost his balance in climbing over the rail and fell head first into the river between the steam barge and the dock. The left side of the face had a large contused spot, evidence that Laundre struck the wharf when he fell.

The body was taken to Nicholson's undertaking rooms where an inquest will be held this afternoon. Laundre was the son of Charles Laundre, the old cook and dyer.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 1, 1875