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Charles Allan Lethbridge (1871 - 1914)

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Charles Allan Lethbridge
Born in Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, Canadamap
Husband of — married in Sarawak, Grey, Ontario, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Apr 2018
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Biography

He passed away in 1914.

"Chas. Lethbridge's Body Found in Sydenham River"

This afternoon about a quarter past three, the body of a man was found floating in the river just north of Tenth St. bridge. The body was badly decomposed, but it is believed to be that of Charles Lethbridge, a bricklayer, who resides on the East Hill. The body had evidently just risen to the surface and was found by Mr. Stanley McComb, who was in his motor boat and who noticed the body floating in the water. He at once secured help and took it out on shore and it was taken to Breckenridge's undertaking rooms to await the coroner's decision. Dr. Howey, acting coroner, will hold an inquiry this evening at 8 o'clock and an inquest will be held if he deems it necessary.

Just how the accident happened is not certain but the body has been in the water for some time. Mr. Lethbridge had been missing since Saturday but it was thought he had taken the boat to Sault Ste. Marie, as he had been speaking of going there. Inquiries by his relatives here revealed the fact that he had not reached the "Soo" and his family were becoming very anxious regarding his whereabouts. He was forty three years of age and lived in Owen Sound all his life, having been born here. He was particularly well known and was popular among his friends. He leaves a wife and three sons, Roy, Guy and Earl all of Owen Sound, who have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their trouble. He has also four brothers, George of Owen Sound, William H., Mayor of Steelton, Robert and Jas.; of Steelton and seven sisters, Mrs. P. Tansley and Mrs. B. Grady of Owen Sound; Mrs. Williamson, Toronto; Mrs. Morris, Leith; Mrs. McConnell of Sault Ste. Marie; Miss Mabel, at home and another sister in Steelton. His father also resides in Steelton. The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.[1]

"Accidental Drowning is Jury’s Verdict"

Body of Charles Lethbridge, Well-known Citizen, Found Floating in the River Near Tenth Street Bridge, Had Been Missing Since Saturday

Wednesday afternoon about a quarter past three, the body of a man was found floating in the river just north of Tenth St. bridge. The body was badly decomposed but it was found to be that of Charles Lethbridge, a bricklayer, who resides on the East Hill. The body had evidently just risen to the surface and was found by Mr. Stanley McComb, who was in his motor boat and who noticed the body floating in the water. He at once secured help and took it out on shore and it was taken to Breckenridge’s undertaking rooms. The acting coroner, Dr. Howey, was notified and he at once ordered an inquest and had a jury empanelled, which viewed the body at the undertaking rooms and then adjourned until last evening. The jury was composed of Messrs. John McTavish, D. Campbell, Thos. Hardy, R.A. McGregor, R.L. Wyllie, Juo. Ross, John Woods, John Silverthorn, W.A. Urquhart, and W.G. Morgan and Mr. McTavish was elected foreman.

Mr. Lethbridge had been missing since Saturday, but it was though he had taken the boat to Sault Ste. Marie, as he had been speaking of going there. Inquiries by his relatives here revealed the fact that he had not reached the “Soo” and his family were becoming very anxious regarding his whereabouts. He was forty three years of age and lived in Owen Sound all his life, having been born here. He was particularly well known and was very popular among his friends. He leaves a wife and three sons, Roy, Guy and Earl all of Owen Sound, who have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their trouble. He has also four brothers, George of Owen Sound, William H., Mayor of Steelton, Robert and Jas.; of Steelton and seven sisters, Mrs. P. Tansley and Mrs. B. Grady of Owen Sound; Mrs. Williamson, Toronto; Mrs. Morris, Leith; Mrs. McConnell of Sault Ste. Marie; Miss Mabel, at home and another sister in Steelton. His father also resides in Steelton. The funeral took place on Thursday to Greenwood cemetery.

The verdict brought in the coroner’s jury at the adjourned inquest last evening was “that said Charles Lethbridge came to his death by accidental drowning.” Dr. Howey presided and the inquest was conducted by acting Crown Attorney Spereman. The first witness was Mr. C.C. Pearce who was one of the first to arrive when the body had been found. He helped to take it out of the water and had it taken to Breckenridge’s undertaking rooms in the ambulance.

Mr. Chas. Monroe as the next witnesses called. He was one of a party among whom was Charles Lethbridge, who were together between 11 o’clock and 11:30 on Saturday evening on the west bank of the river near McLauchlan’s storehouse, north of the bridge. He did not notice much wrong with Lethbridge. There were no arguments or cross words or wrangling of any kind. There was some drinking going on. The witness went away about half past eleven and left Lethbridge [Continued on Page Five] alone. The other men also left about the same time.

Dr. Hershey, who performed the post-mortem examination on the body, said there were no signs of external violence. The body was swollen and the flesh was soft. The lungs contains no fluid and the stomach did not contain much fluid. The organs were normal. The doctor said the state of the body would lead him to believe that the man was unconscious before he went into the water. He could distinguish no evidence of intoxicants and would judge that the man had been dead for four or five days. [Texts appears to have been mixed up, lines are out of order in paper but put right here] A fainting fit, heart failure, or stupor caused by a narcotic drug would lead to his not breathing after he entered the water. Dr. Hershey gave it as his opinion he had entered the water in an unconscious condition and death ensued after he had entered the water.

Mr. Stewart Chalmers was the next witness. He had caught up to Lethbridge on the street and walked with him down to the dock. He had been drinking but was not drunk. Mr. Chalmers corroborated Mr. Munroe’s evidence. Mr. Lethbridge had told him that he had been laid up with heart disease in Winnipeg some time ago.

Mr. George Lethbridge, brother of the deceased man, identified the body as that of his brother, when it was taken out of the water. He had no trouble that would lead him to take his life.

Mr. Bert French was the last witness called. He was one of the party that had been with Charles Lethbridge on Saturday night last and his evidence was corroborative of the evidence of Mr. Munroe and Mr. Chalmers. This concluded the evidence and the jury only took a few minutes to arrive at a verdict of accidental drowning.[2]

Research Notes

Bricklayer by trade, like his father

Sources

  1. “Chas. Lethbridge's Body Found in Sydenham River.” Owen Sound Sun (Owen Sound, ON), August 5, 1914, 1.
  2. “Accidental Drowning is Jury’s Verdict.” Owen Sound Sun (Owen Sound, ON), August 7, 1914, 1,5.
  • "Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913," database and images, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 April 2018), Birth of Charles Allan Lethbridge, 16 February 1871, Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, "Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913," Series: MS929; Reel: 6; Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • "1891 Census of Canada," database and images, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 April 2018), Charles Lethbridge, Sarawak, Grey North, Ontario, "Census of Canada, 1891," Roll: T-6339; Family No: 15; Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • "Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936," database and images, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 April 2018), Marriage of Charles Allan Lethbridge to Mary L Guidi, 2 April 1896, Sarawak, Grey, Ontario, "Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928," Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • "1901 Census of Canada," database and images, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 April 2018), Chas Lethbridge, Owen Sound (Town/Ville), Grey (north/nord), Ontario, "Census of Canada, 1901," Page: 2; Family No: 19; Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • "1911 Census of Canada," database and images, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 April 2018), Charles A Lethbridge, Owen Sound, Grey North, Ontario, "Census of Canada, 1911," Page: 5; Family No: 50; Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


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