The Caddo Herald
July 11, 1913
Three Drown in Blue Tuesday
Three young women, Miss Alice Spell of Durant, aged 17, and Misses Geneva Jones, aged 14, and Annie Halsell, aged 12, of Bennington, were drowned Tuesday afternoon in Blue river about one mile from its mouth. When the bodies were recovered Miss Jones and Miss Halsell were clasped in each other’s arms.
They were with a large fishing party and were out in a boat with Doak Halsell father of the drowned girl, when the boat capsized and they were all thrown into the water. None of them could swim and the three girls went down before help could reach them. Mr. Halsell was rescued just as he was going under the last time.
Miss Halsell was a granddaughter of Representative Halsell of Durant, and Miss Spell was a daughter of County Treasurer J. V. Spell of Durant.
The Herald deplores that such an accident should happen and extends its deepest sympathy to the bereaved.