James Fynn: Drowned in the Ohio

“A sad accident befell James Fynn, a moulder at the Scioto Stove Foundry, last Sunday, about one o’clock, resulting in his death from drowning. Fynn crossed the river in a skiff with a companion, and after remaining there for some time started back, he concluding to hold on to the rear end of the boat and swim the river. When over midway across the river, his companion felt the skiff becoming lighter, and looking around to ascertain the cause, saw that Fynn was missing. Search was immediately instituted, and it was about four hours before the body was found. A coronial inquest was held, and a verdict of accidental drowning rendered. At the time of his death, Fynn was slightly under the influence of liquor, and was attempting to swim the river without divesting himself of his clothing. He formerly resided in Cincinnati, but prior to coming to this city, worked at Hanging Rock.”

“Monday, the two stove foundries of the city were closed, out of respect to the deceased, and in the afternoon of the same day, the members of the Moulders Union met and escorted the remains to the depot for transfer to Cincinnati, where the wife of the deceased resides. The services of Clinkinbeard’s Band was secured, and the procession was made a very creditable appearance as it passed through the streets. The Union devoted the sum of $100 for the purpose of defraying the funeral expenses and aiding the widow of the unfortunate man.”1

  1. Drowned in the Ohio. (1880, October 16). Portsmouth Times, p. 3.