This page will relate more stories of Chazy Lake. There were two other drowning instances found in past newspaper accounts. There are probably a lot more.
HATS FOUND IN WATER----
Their boat drifted to the shore filled with water - searchers dragged lake yesterday without success.
Edward and Penor Sweeney of Dannemora are in all probability at the bottom of Chazy Lake, having been drowned during a squall on the lake last Friday night. The men, who were expert fishermen, and own a camp on the east shore of the lake, left the west side of the lake Friday forenoon in a row boat to visit their camp, and Saturday forenoon their boat half filled with water and the hats of both men were found in the lake. The oars were yesterday found on the shore, but up to the present time no trace of the men can be found, although between thirty and fifty men yesterday dragged the lake from early in the forenoon until dark.
It was supposed that the men lost their lives before they reached the east shore of the lake Friday forenoon, as, at the time they started, there was a heavy sea rolling, but yesterday it was learned that the men had been seen Friday evening near the west shore, and they were then making for the center of the lake in their row boat although there was a stiff wind blowing and the lake was in dangerous condition for a small boat. It is now thought that they were drawn in the vicinity` of the west shore and that the reason that their bodies have not been recovered is that the dragging of the lake yesterday was confined almost entirely to the vicinity of the east side of the lake.
The first suspicion that there had been a drowning accident was when about 10 o'clock Saturday forenoon the boat owned by the missing men drifted to shore half filled with water. Later in the day the hats which had been worn by the men were picked up in the lake and yesterday the oars of the boat were found on the shore.
The search for the bodies will be resumed this morning and will be continued until they are recovered or the men make their appearance.
This newspaper account was reproduced verbatim, so the language and
grammer are representative of the era and area.
This next article was printed in the Plattsburgh Newspaper on April 28, 1938.
2 MINERS ARE DROWNED AT CHAZY LAKE ...
LYON MOUNTAIN MEN DROWN AS FISHING BOAT OVERTURNS.
Two lyon Mountain miners were drowned late yesterday afternoon in Chazy Lake when the steel boat from which they were fishing capsized, and sank. The men were Morris Welch, 35, and Lucius Lashway Jr., 27. Fifteen boatloads of state police and volunteer searchers still had not recovered the bodies at a late hour last night.
Basil Kline and his son, Roydon, who were fishing off shore near where the men were drowned, said that the boat capsized when its occupants attempted to turn it sharply against the wind. The elder Kline said that Lashway sank immediately. Welch, who was wearing hip-length fishing boots, shouted for help, Kline said. He swam for approximately 150 feet before sinking. Both of the victims were said to be married, although neither had children. Ordinarily employed in the mines of the Chateaugay ore and Iron Company at Lyon Mountain, it is believed that they were among those who were laid off by the company when the current recession curtailed orders for iron ore.
NEXT DAY -----
LAKE VICTIMS' BODIES RAISED ----
The bodies of to Lyon Mountain men who drowned yesterday when the boat
from which they were fishing in Chazy Lake overturned, have been recovered.
State Police and volunteer searchers found the body of Lucius Lashway Jr.,
27 at 8:30 A.M. Three quarters of an hour later the body of his companion,
Morris Welch, 35, was brought to the surface. Remains of the two miners
were brought to an undertaking parlor, funeral arrangements had not been
completed last night.
Follow the following links:
Chazy Lake Page , for pictures of the Lake today.
Chazy Lake History , new book on Chazy Lake history.
More Chazy Lake History , History of the Lake and Chazy River
Chazy Lake Stories , including drowning in 1927.
Lyon Mountain History, nearby community.
Dannemora History, nearby community.