Iowa Old Press
Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
September 23, 1926
FALL INTO QUARRY CAUSES DEATH OF MAN
G. Schluenz Meets Accidental Death by Drowning While Fishing.
Gustav Schluenz, about 60 years old, 1321 West Third
street, whose body was found in an old water-filled quarry just east of
Schmidt's road near the C.R.I. & P. tracks this morning, is believed to have
fallen into the water and accidentally drowned. His body was found by E.P.
Hoffman, Hamilton O., who notified railroad men who in turn notified police and
called Coroner J.D. Cantwell.
After making a brief investigation, the coroner found facts which indicate that Schluenz fell into the old quarry where he had been fishing.
He was at the home of C.H. Hawkins, Cook's point, about 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. He was carrying a fishing rod and a can of bait and set off in the direction of the quarry where he fished frequently and near which it had been his custom to gather wild flowers which he plaited into wreaths and sold in the west end.
The body was found near the water's edge with the feet close to the bank. Nearby was found a cluster of flowers which had evidently been dropped by Schluenz who is believed to have lost his balance as he stood near the water and to have pitched into the pool face downward.
The coroner will not hold an inquest. The body was removed to the Horrigan funeral parlors pending funeral arrangements.
Mr. Schluenz has resided in Davenport the greater part of his life. He had operated a small repair shop in the western part of the city. He is survived by his widow, two sons, Edward H and Fred C, both of this city and a daughter, Mrs. J.L. Ritzenphaler, residing here.
Submitted by C.J.L., Dec 2005
Iowa Old Press