Ray D. Rush, 36, preacher and farmer, died attempting to save Jay Shuman, 41, farmer, from drowning, Buffalo, Oklahoma, May 1, 1938. Shuman rode a horse into the flood waters of a creek, was submerged briefly in water seven feet deep, became separated from the horse, and drifted in a current of five miles an hour. From the bank Rush jumped fully clothed into the water and swam a few strokes to midstream. Shuman then drifted to him. Rush extended his arm, Shuman took hold of him, and they were submerged. Rush rose; and Shuman was behind him and had his arms around Rush’s shoulders, Shuman’s head being under the surface. Rush stroked but made no progress toward the bank. They drifted 465, sank, and were drowned. Their bodies were carried more than a mile in the current.
37116 – 308537116-3085