Lorene Geschwint Note

(Note: This information was obtained from the Google Newspaper archives. It was originally published in The Spokesman-Review on Jun 21, 1927, Page 6 of 15. [Although the newspaper spelled her name as Lorraine, I believe her name was spelled Lorene, and in fact, that her first name was Clarice, but she went by her middle name of Lorene.]

Lorraine Geschwint, Student at Ellensburg Normal, Dead -- Two Others Saved.

Ellensburg, Wash., June 18 [1927]

Lorraine Geschwint, a second-year student at the Ellensburg state normal, was drowned in the Yakima river late today when a car in which she was riding plunged into eight feet of water in the canyon between Ellensburg and Yakima. Her father is J. L. Geschwint, a farmer, living 10 miles from Goldendale.

Her body was recovered at Wymer, 10 miles below the accident. In less than two hours. The river is high and a rushing torrent.

Ruth Brown, who was driving the Essex coach, and Mrs. Marie Pauls, both of Goldendale and both attending the normal school, had narrow escapes. All three went over the 25-foot embankment with the car and into the water. All three girls came out of the car after it settle in the water.

Pulls Two from Stream

Miss Brown swam to the rock slope and Steve Clark of Ellensburg, who was in a car behind, jumped down the slope and pulled her out. The other two girls were floating down the stream rapidly. The Geschwint girl struggled only for a few feet, but Mrs. Pauls tried to swim. Clark climbed the embankment and ran down the highway 100 yards to a curve in the river where there was a small sand bar, and running out on it up to his waist in water pulled Mrs. Pauls out of the stream. The other girl's body was in the center of the stream traveling rapidly.

Mrs. Paula and Miss Brown were both cut and bruised. Clark brought them to town and others sent out the warning.

Were Traveling Slow

Word was sent ahead to Umtanum and Wymer and two section men and a highway patrolman recovered the body at Wymer. Sheriff Gray made a fast trip to Ellensburg and pulmotors were used by doctors in an effort to save the girl.

Miss Brown says that the car started steering hard and that Mrs. Pauls and she both tried to bring it back into the road. They did not think to shut off the engine. Clark says they were not traveling more than 25 miles an hour and that no car had passed them.

The drowned girl attended normal here in 1925 and 1926, but taught last year. The three young women were here for the summer school. After noon today Mrs. Pauls persuaded Miss Brown to take the three of them to Goldendale because of her baby's birthday.


Washington, Deaths, 1883-1960 about Clarice Lorene Geschwint
Name: Clarice Lorene Geschwint
Gender: Female
Birth Date: abt 1905
Death Date: 18 Jun 1927
Age at Death: 22
Death Location: Washington
Father: J L Geshwint
Mother: Sarah Redding
Record Source: Washington State Death Records