S. Flonnie Holliman, 39, housewife, saved Thomas J. Caudle, 5, from drowning, Marshville, North Carolina, October 21, 1914. Thomas fell into a well 10.5 feet deep, in which there was eight feet of water. Mrs. Holliman, who could not swim, immediately ran to the well and jumped in. She found Thomas beneath the surface and, after considerable effort, succeeded in holding him up so that he could seize one of a number of planks that partly covered the well. Thomas scrambled out. Mrs. Holliman made repeated but unsuccessfull efforts to reach a plank. Her husband seized his wife’s hand as it rose from the water. Unable to pull her out, he drew her up so that she was able to seize the planks and crawl out of the well herself. 13865-1210
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Sarah Flonnie Meigs Holliman, 91, died on Feb. 28, 1967. She was born on Dec. 15, 1875, in Union County, N.C. She was the daughter of Steven and Laura Ashcraft Meigs.
In 1914, while Holliman lived in Union County, she saved a child from drowning. Two years later, she received the Carnegie Medal. She was a member of Davidson Methodist Church.
(Edited from an obituary published in The Mecklenburg, N.C., Gazette, March 2, 1967.)