The Shelbyville Democrat
In an attempt to
save his fiancee, Miss Beulah Dillingham, of Indianapolis, daughter
of Mrs. Charles F. Schmoe, of this city, from drowning in Big Blue
river, north of Marietta, Sunday evening about 7 o'clock, John J.
Mundehenk, 28 years old, of Brookville, O., was caught in a whirlpool and
carried below the surface of the water. Expert swimmers of this city and
the Marietta community worked until midnight before they located the body and
dragged it to shore with large hooks.
Tuesday, July 5, 1921
DIES IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE FIANCEE
JOHN J. MUNDEHENK, MANAGER
OF INDIANAPOLIS AUTO COMPANY,
The body was taken to the
undertaking establishment of Ralph J. Edwards, west Broadway, where it was
prepared for burial. Mr. and Mrs. John Mundehenk, Sr., of
Brookville, O., were notified of their son's tragic death and arrangements were
made to take the body to the home in Brookville. The body was taken to
Brookville, Sunday, where funeral and burial services will be held.
The death of Mundhenk
came after a desperate struggle to save the life of Miss Dillingham, who fell
into the river when she became unbalanced in reaching for her hat which had
fallen and was caught on a projecture. Mrs. Schmoe and niece,
Thelma Schoffield, who makes her home with Mrs. Schmoe, were the other
persons of the party and on seeing the young woman fall into the water, Mrs.
Schmoe yelled to Mundehenk, who was catching crawfish some distance away.
He rushed to the spot, and, knowing Miss Dillingham was a swimmer, thought she
was not in danger.
On seeing the girl go
down beneath the surface he dived into the river and was towing her to shore
when they were caught in the whirlpool. He struggled desperately to make
headway toward the bank and on realizing he could not hold up much longer gave
the girl a shove which sent her out of the whirlpool. Mrs. Schmoe who was
on the bank thrust out a pole to which was tied a rope made out of strips of
clothing, to which the girl clung. The young man caught onto the heel of
the girl and the two were being towed to shore by Mrs. Schmoe when the rope made
of clothing broke in two and the two were carried back into the current.
Mendehenk[sic] was caught by the whirlpool and was carried beneath the surface
and did not come up. Miss Dillingham was carried downstreem by the current
and was saved when she caught hold of a bush on he opposite side of the river
and pulled herself onto the bank.
The tragedy caused a keen
shock to many persons here who were acquainted with the deceased.
Mendehenk[sic] was employed as a traveling salesman and manager of the Welbon
Auto Co., of Indianapolis, and resided on Illinois street. His marriage
with Miss Dillingham was expected to take place in the near future. Miss
Dillingham resides in Indianapolis. She has not yet recovered from the
shock and fright of the tragedy.
are the parents and two brothers, one aged 23 years and the other 8 years.
He was aman of splendid character.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming