Gurney C. Barber, 21, clerk, died attempting to save Hallie E., 21, and Charles E. Curran, 52, farmer, from drowning, Capron, Oklahoma, June 21, 1929. While swimming in a pond going to the assistance of her sister, Miss Curran got into difficulty in water eight feet deep 75 feet from the bank. Her father waded and swam from the bank to her and supported her a moment. Curran was winded, and, fearful that both were about to sink, he called to Barber for help. Barber, who was almost fully clothed and carried tools which weighed several pounds in his clothing, had run a quarter-mile to the pond, having followed Curran, and waded from the bank and then swam 25 feet to them. About that time, Miss Curran got separated from her father and sank. Barber extended his hand to Curran, and Curran grasped it. Barber was submerged immediately, the hold was broken, and he rose. He then made feeble efforts to swim. Another man swam to him, made a slight effort to aid him, and then swam to Curran and took him to the bank. Barber and Miss Curran were drowned.
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