Archie D. Hoggatt died attempting to save Jessoline M. Hockensmith from drowning, Halsey, Oregon, July 8, 1934. While Miss Hockensmith and Hoggatt, 35, chiropractor, were floating in water four feet deep in the Willamette River, Miss Hockensmith drifted six feet from wadable water into water 15 feet deep at a bend. She called to Hoggatt for help. Hoggatt swam four feet to her, took hold of her arm, and made three or four strokes toward the bank. He made no headway. At Miss Hockensmith’s suggestion to permit him to have both arms free, Hoggatt released his hold, and Miss Hockensmith took hold of the shoulder straps of his bathing suit at the rear. Hoggatt swam three or four strokes and called for help. Miss Hockensmith released him and was briefly submerged. As she rose, Hoggatt turned toward her and extended his hand. Without having touched her, Hoggatt immediately withdrew his hand and was momentarily submerged. He then sank at a point 10 feet from the point at which he had reached Miss Hockensmith and was drowned. Miss Hockensmith made swimming strokes, drifted 300 feet farther, and then waded to the bank.
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