On an autumn day in 1910, a family of five set out on the Pigeon River in a canoe. The father was intent on fishing, and the rest of the family to enjoy a day on the water. In this peculiar story they found anything but what they sought.
Five members of one family were drowned in the Pigeon river today, the victims being William McCafferty of Toronto, sales manager of the Canadian General Electric company, his mother wife and two children, age 13 and 8.
A fourteen-pound muskallonge, which had been hook by Mr. McCafferty, was responsible for the drowning. Mr. McCafferty had come here with his family to spend a short holiday with his parents and with his wife, mother and two children, started out in a frail canoe down the Pigeon River in quest of muskallonge. No member of the party was seen alive after the canoe was put out.
When the party did not return toward evening, Charles McCafferty father of the drowned man became alarmed and organized a searching party. Seven miles down the river the canoe, floating bottom up was found. Dragging operation were commenced and all the bodies were recovered.
Clutched in the hands of Mr. McCafferty was a trolling line and on the hook was a fourteen-found muskallonge. The big fish was still alive and thrashed the water violently as he was drawn in. The coroner said there was no doubt that in the efforts of Mr. McCafferty to get into the boat the canoe overturned.
Source - The Marion Star, Sep 30, 1912
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