Obit: McKenna, William J. (? - 1937)

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Surnames: McKenna, Carty, Shannon, Wilcox, Trimble, Hohl, Long, Halle

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 8 July 1937

McKenna, William J. (? - June 1937)

Delake, Ore., June 27 - One Portland man was drowned and three others narrowly escaped death in the breakers here Sunday when two large waves slapped them off their feet and carried them out to sea.

The drowned youth is W. J. McKenna, 23, of 8145 N. Fox Street. He was swimming with William and James Carty, brothers of 8335 N. Lombard Street and S. de Bonny, 6909 N. Wall Avenue, when the quartet was upset by the waves.

Ray Shannon, David Wilcox and Charles Trimble were heroes of a daring rescue when they courageously bucked the rough surf and assisted the Carty brothers anl de Boony to the beach. Shannon managed to seize McKenna as he was being tumbled by the waves, and dragged him ashore.

Dr. J. M. Hohl and O. B. Long of Taft applied artificial respiration on McKenna for four hours before attempts to resuscitate him were abandoned.

McKenna’s sister was present when her brother drowned. They were members of a party of North Portland young people of Delake for the weekend. Portland Oregonian.

William McKenna was born in Greenwood and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph McKenna of Portland. Adolph will be remembered as the brother of William McKenna of Greenwood and Mrs. Fred Halle of Neillsville, Wis.



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