Boy Drowned—His Body Recovered.
A boy about sixteen years of age, son of Alfred E. Barber, Tolland, who has lived with his grandfather, A. S. Barber, at No. 126 Wells street in this city, was drowned in the Connecticut river between 7 and 8 o'clock Saturday evening. He had been to the East Hartford side in a yawl boat, and was returning with two lads, when in sculling the boat his oar slipped and he went overboard. Yesterday morning several men dragged the river, and at about 10˝ o'clock the body was recovered by Mr. Joseph Schalk. Coroner Holmes summoned a jury of inquest, consisting of Charles B. May foreman, Ralph Wallace, Henry A. King, John N. Palmer, Edward Sackett, and Francis Flynn, and a verdict of accidental drowning was rendered. The deceased has been one of the Courant carriers for three years, and was one of the most faithful in service.

Hartford Courant, Connecticut, 30 Aug 1869, p. 2