Princeton Clarion-News

Thursday, 21 Mar 1907

(Front page)







Body is Placed in Skiff and Towed

Alongside of a Launch—Burial

In Sand Hill Cemetery.



            The funeral of Frank Corney, who lived on the Kelch farm in this county, was held Tuesday.  The funeral services were rather unusual and unique in that they were held in boats on the Wabash river.

            Owing to the high water there was no way to get the body to a cemetery except by boat, and Rural Carrier H. R. Risley, who made the arrangements, procured a gasoline launch and a skiff for the purpose.  Rev. J. W. Cummins, of the Mt. Carmel Methodist church, was carried over in the launch to conduct the services, and several other accompanied the party.  The body was place in the skiff, which was towed alongside of the launch.  The water was rough and very unpleasant, and at times the waves broke into the skiff in which the coffin reposed.  The trip was made without mishap, however, and the body was interred in the Sand Hill cemetery.



Abstracted from Gibson County Death Records


Sex:  M            White               Age:  34 yrs.

Name:  Frank Carney 

b.  May 31, 1873         where:  Illinois   d. March 18, 1907   where:  Montgomery Twp.

Cause:  pneumonia  - 9 days

Buried:  Mt. Carmel, Illinois               Funeral Home:  Walter & Sons

Occupation:  farmer                            Married           Spouse:  Ella

Father:  William          bp:  Indiana     Mother:  Linda Smith   bp:  Kentucky

Inforamtion found:       Gibson County, Indiana           Bk:  H-39        Pg:  103