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Ira Minard saved from drowing, St. Charles, Ill.
Posted by: Elizabeth (ID *****5332) Date: December 27, 2011 at 06:05:30
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St. Charles (Kane County, Illinois) Chronicle, Oct. 13, 1932, Table Clatter (column by editor Lena Paschal): The death this week of a townsman Ed. Collins, recalled a chapter in his early life which showed his inherent kindness to a fellow man. The town was started to hear that Ira Minard, then a lad, had been swept over the dam by a swift current, rending him helpless to save himself from drowning. J.T. Doherty forgetting all danger, jumped in and swimming to Ira, kept him from the undertow. Looking from an upper window of the old paper mill, Ed. Collins saw the two men, and realizing their danger, grabbed a rope and out the window he jumped. All three men were landed, safe and sound, and a life saved by the courage of two men who did not wait for a wagon or a call for volunteers. They jumped in and fought their way out. I love these old stories of St.Charles, I was reminded of this one by James Richmond. Doherty and Collins was each awarded a medal. (Posted as a courtesy, not related.)

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