William A. McAllister, Jr., died attempting to save Harry C. Mills, Jr., from drowning, Fort Gaines, Georgia, June 11, 1926. While wading in the Chattahoochee River, Harry, 11, got into deep water 40 feet from the bank, where there was a current of two m.p.h. A man swam to Harry and tried to swim with him but was unable to make progress toward the bank. McAllister, 24, assistant store manager, swam 50 feet to them, and, putting Harry on his own back, he tried to swim toward shore. He made no progress but was carried by the current toward mid-stream. They drifted 350 feet, and then Harry sank. McAllister drifted 100 feet farther and disappeared. Both were drowned. The other man drifted into an eddy current and then swam to wadable water. 26371-2158
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William A. McAllister, Jr., of Montgomery, Ala., died in Fort Gaines, Ga., on June 11, 1926. He was employed as assistant to the manager of the Frank Tennille Furniture company. McAllister attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was a native of Fort Gaines.
(Edited from a story published in The Montgomery Advertiser on June 12, 1926.)