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ELLIS COUNTY CAPITAL
ARNETT, OKLAHOMA
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 1927
BOY DROWNS IN SWIMMING HOLE NEAR GRAND

Victor Squire, 15 year old boy, was drowned in a water hole in the Canadian river bed while swimming with two small boys west of Grand, Wednesday. The water hole was left in the riverbed from an over-flow, making an ideal swimming hole for the boys.

The boys who were with Victor at the time attempted to save his life by throwing in a rope which he failed to catch, seeing that their companion had drowned one of the boys jumped on a horse and went to Grand for help. The accident occurred about 10:00 o’clock Wednesday, the body was recovered about one-half an hour later.

Victor has been living with an uncle, Glen Fooch, who resides just across the river in Roger Mills county. His father, Chester A. Squire, is attending school at Billings, Montana. Victor had been in Montana until a few weeks ago, when he came here to spend the summer with his uncles and with his aunt Mrs. N. W. Horner of west of Arnett.

Victor B. Squire was born near Grand, Ellis County, January 76th, 1912, the son of Chester A. and Martha Squire, and met death near Grand, Oklahoma, July 20th, 1927, at the age of 15 years, 6 months and 13 days.

Victor’s mother died when he was about 1 year old, for a while he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Horner, later making hi home with his uncles and his father. Victor as a very bright boy and would have finished high school this coming school year.

He was a very manly little fellow, loved by all who knew him.

The body was brought to Arnett, thence to Shattuck where it will be held at the Mason Funeral Home, awaiting instructions from his father and arrival of relatives.


Submitted by: John Rider
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society

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