Castle, George V. (Unknown - July, 1908)

Well Known Citizen Drowned

Bill Barlows Budget - July 15, 1908

Douglas was shocked Sunday morning when word was brought to town that George Castle had just drowned in the Platte river a few miles below town. A large number of people, hastened to the scene of the accident and the search for the body was hastily begun. Frank Ansen and O.A. Bell were fishing from the bank of the stream near the ford and witnessed the death of Mr. Castle. A horse had forded the river from the west shore and, as it was hobbled, it had several narrow escapes on account of the swift current. The owner of the horse hollered across to the two young men to drive the horse back again, but Mr. Castle riding up at this time told them to catch the animal and he would lead it across. The unfortunate man started over and the two men resumed their fishing when a sound of floundering from the center of the stream drew their attention just in time to see the rider dragged from his horse into the rushing water. Mr. Castle could not gain a foothold and was carried past the ford into deep water. When several hundred yards down stream his hat appeared for a second only and he was gone.

The body of Mr. Castle was found at 9:30 this morning at a point a mile below where the accident occurred. L.M. Nelson discovered the corpse while searching in a boat. The remains have been brought to the Hofman undertaking parlors. The deceased leaves a wife and five small children to mourn his tragic death.

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