"Will BUSSEY's Body Found: Remains of North Highlands Negro Not as Badly Decomposed as Supposed
"Yesterday morning the body of Will BUSSEY, one of the North Highlands negroes [who] drowned just below the new dam early in January, was found in the City Mills pond, just above the plant of the Columbus Railroad Company. The discovery was made by Bob DAVIS, a negro. The body was floating on the surface of the water at the time. It was not so badly decomposed as had been supposed would be the case, the extremely cold water having acted as a preservative. The body was given burial by one of the colored undertakers.
"The body of one of the negroes drowned by the overturning of the flat boat has not yet been recovered. Three men were drowned, and one of the bodies was recovered the next day. A reward of $10 had been offered by the Columbus Power Company for the recovery of any of the bodies, and this amount was paid DAVIS yesterday."
The "Columbus (Muscogee Co, GA) Enquirer-Sun" newspaper, Tuesday, 18 FEB 1902, p. 2.
The North Highland dam was completed in 1902 (see KYLE's "Images," p. 104). The Bibb Mill had been established in 1900 at North Highlands, which at that time was the area north of town between Columbus and the defunct Clapp's Factory. I am not related to this family. I came across the item while researching an unrelated matter.
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