Charles C. Barker died helping to save Mabel M. Ellison from drowning, Tyrone, Kentucky, June 19, 1932. While Miss Ellison, 37; Barker, 22, draftsman; Claude E. Wilson, and two other persons were riding in a motorboat on the Kentucky River, the boat was turned suddenly by Barker, filled with water, and sank in water 12 feet deep. Barker, who was fully clothed, swam five feet to Miss Ellison, who was 30 feet from the bank, and gave her a push toward the bank. He repeatedly swam to her and pushed her for 15 feet and then sank. In the meantime the others had swum to wadable water, and Miss Ellison was rescued by Wilson who swam to her from a point close to the bank. Barker’s body was not recovered until the next day. His death was ascribed to a heart attack.
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