Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Joseph Randall

Manassas Journal
July 28, 1916


Joseph Randall, the 5-year-old son of Lucian Randall, manager of the farm of County Treasurer J. P. Leachman, was drowned Saturday in the waters of Broad Run, near the bridge at Bristow station.  The child was riding a horse to water when he was swept from his seat by the current of the swollen stream.  His father, coming from the cornfield, a short distance away, arrived too late to save him.  Other persons in the  neighborhood hastened to the spot, but the small body had disappeared.  The horse floated half a mile down stream and escaped.

The child's body was found Sunday afternoon where it had washed ashore in the woods of Compton farm, about two miles from the bridge.

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