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Howard Earl Book
Drowning in Rock River

Coroner Frank E. Nangle of Paw Paw empanelled a jury and conducted an inquest over the body of Howard Earl Book, member of the 1944 graduating class of the Dixon high school, who was drowned at Lowell park beach yesterday afternoon. A verdict of accidental drowning in Rock River was returned by the jury after hearing the testimony of several witnesses.

Miss Lorraine Giannoni of this city, life guard at the beach, struggled with the victim of the tragedy in an effort to save in life and was in danger of losing her own life when they were swept downstream some distance by the strong current. Book who was not an experienced swimmer slipped from the graps of the girl in about nine feet of water when she became exhausted and she swam to safety, saving her own life, after a heroic effort to save the drowning victim.

John Mitchell, another life guard at the beach, recovered the body about 20 minutes after Book had been shoved from the float by two of his student companions into the swift current. The victim, an outstanding member of the agricultural class of the high school was attending the annual picnic-outing of the agricultural and home economic classes of the high school at the park.

The funeral of the young man will be held at the parents home at 1:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon and at St. John's Lutheran Church, Third Avenue and east Seventh street at 2:00. The pastor, the Rev. A.H. will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 2 June 1944

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