Can anyone help me find the date of the death of the individual in this find a grave entry? Everything I find online mentioned that he drowned in Antietam Creek in 1904, but I haven’t found the date of the incident. The entry seems to be taken from a newspaper, but I can’t find the original source.
“Mr. Will Rust, son of Mr. N. A. Rust, of Hagerstown, was drowned in Antietam Creek, near that city, on Saturday night about 10 o’clock.
Mr. Rust, accompanying a young lady, Miss Gladys Anna Bright, of the same city, to whom he had been paying special attention for the last six or seven years, left Hagerstown about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, for Funkstown, where he engaged a boat for a sail on the creek.
About 10 o’clock the young lady was heard to call Mr. Rust for help. The couple then had rowed some distance up stream. The searching party that went to their assistance found the boat empty and Mr. Rust’s coat floating on the water. The presumption is that the young lady fell out of the boat and young Rust attempted to rescue her and both were drowned. The water is some 15 or 18 feet deep at the place of the tragedy. The remains of the young man were brought to Luray on Tuesday and placed in the Jordon vault on the Luray College grounds. They were accompanied by his father, two brothers and one sister, all of whom are so well known in Luray.”
Well, they drowned in Maryland a couple hundred miles away, their family tomb is in Luray, Va. We’re already hard at work at a cocktail in his honor, in that we are drinking on the deck overlooking his grave.
GreysonCarlisle got the date of June 11 correct. I found the death index at the Maryland State Archives, it’s a massive document, and his record is on page 4605. I know Maryland put their death certificates online a couple of years ago, up to like 1910 or so, but I can’t find my link or find them right now.