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Sunday's Obituary: Phineas Florence

Washington Post
8 October 1901


The relatives of Phineas Florence, the young man who was drowned last week by falling from a dredge in the Potomac River near Smith's Point, left the city yesterday for Somerset Beach to view the body of a man recovered from the river Sunday.  The body is believed to be that of Florence.  Florence was known in this city, where he was employed last winter.  His sister, Mrs. Arthur McMillan, of 602 Eleventh street southwest, will take charge of the remains, provided the body recovered proves to be that of her brother, and will have them buried at the Florence home, near Minniville, Prince William County, Va.

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
7 October 1901


Believed to Be That of Phineas Florence, Well Known Here

The officers of the steamer Harry Randall, who arrived in port yesterday evening, reported the finding of the body of a young white man in the river near Somerset Beach wharf yesterday.  The body is supposed to be that of Phineas Florence, who was employed on the dredge Pugh, now working on the river improvements at Smith's Point.

The young man was drowned in the early part of last week by the overturning of a boat.  He was known in this city, having been for a time employed here last winter, and as a sister, Mrs. Arthur McMillan, living at 602 11th Street southwest.  Relatives have gone to Somerset to identify the body.  Should they recognize it as that of the young man mentioned it will be taken, it is understood, to Minniville, Prince William county, Va., for burial.

Evening Star
2 October 1901

Knocked Overboard and Drowned

Phineas Florence, a workman, who was employed on the dredging machine Pugh off Maryland Point Monday, was accidentally knocked overboard and drowned. The accident occurred about 11 o'clock in the morning and resulted from the breaking of the winding bar.  Florence and two other men went overboard, but the others were rescued.  The body of the drowned man had not been recovered late last night.

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