Obituary of Lue Richard & Thomas A Barnes ~ 1898
Volume 1, Number 1 of the Caribou Sun
The accident occurred on Monday, May 10, 1898
TWO MEN DROWNED
Lue Richard and Thomas A. Barnes
meet With Death in Lake Bennett
Last Tuesday a serious accident took place near the Island about midway of
Lake Bennett which resulted in the death by drowning of Lue Richard and Thos.
A. Barnes. They with O. S. Felton and H. M. Buck were on their way to Bennett
with Richard's dog team for supplies. When near the island the party became
alarmed at the poor condition of the ice and started toward the shore when
the ice gave way; Richard at once sank to the bottom but Barnes hung on to
the ice for about ten minutes and made a gallant stuggle for life, but sank
for the last time when the rescueing party had almost reached him. The
accident was seen from the shore by a number of Yukoners who rendered all aid
possible and succeeded in rescueing Messrs. Felton and Buck, who lay flat on
a small patch of white ice which barely sustained them. The dog team and sled
were lost. All valuables on the bodies were recovered. The body of Mr.
Richard was recovered the next day, but the searching party did not find the
remains of Mr. Barnes until the day following. A reward of fifty dollars was
paid for the recovery of the bodies.
The funeral took place on Friday afternoon when Mr. C. A. Walsh read the
Episcopal burial service and a choir sang Rock of Ages and Nearer My God to
Thee. A very large attendance of men and a number of ladies were present and
contributed a profusion of wild flowers . The burial took place on the island
about forty feet from the water line among a garden of wild roses. Headstones
were placed on the graves properly inscribed and a picket fence will enclose
the Island's first cemetery.
Mr. Richard was about thirty-eight years of age, of French descent, and came
here from Frenchtown, Montana, in company with Will P. Brayton, Mike Beaulieu
and Charles Bouchard also of Montana.
Thos. A. Barnes was about thirty-five years of age, an Englishman by birth,
whose residence was in Axtell, Kan. He was a member of the Iowa-Alaska Mining
company who are in camp here.
The grave of Luc Richard and Thomas A Barnes who, with all the dogs in their
sled team died when they fell through the ice near the BC/Yukon border on May
10, 1898. They were freighting material to Caribou Crossing to build a pair of
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