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Baker, Baker County, Oregon
Nine Year Old Girl Drowned In Nat
Elizabeth, nine-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Baker of Baker, was drowned in the natatorium of that place shortly after the noon hour Sunday. There were no witnesses to the accident which caused the death.
The young girl and her brother, who had been in the water for some time were about to get out and dress at the time of the accident. The two were running a race to the side of the pool to see who could get dressed in the fastest time, the boy going to the men’s dressing room and the girl to the other side of the pool.
It is thought that when she reached the side of the pool and discarded her water wings, which was the usual custom, she became overbalanced and fell backwards into the water, striking her head on the bottom with such force as to shock her unconscious or to kill her. A large bruise on the side of her head leads to this conclusion. She had not been on the bottom of the pool for a great length of time when found by a small boy who was diving near the place where she went down.
North Powder News
Saturday, August 1, 1925