Drownings at the Lake



Death by Seaplane

In the early evening of September 10, 1941, Teddy Frantz, the popular owner of Stonehurst Cottages drowned after his motorboat ripped through the fuselage of a moored seaplane. Three boat passengers were also injured.

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A Report on Drownings from Harvey's Lake and the Susquehana River

Dr. Benjamin S. Davis (1893-1948), a physician in Plymouth, Pa., became an expert on drowning. He was present for the recovery of victims from Harvey's Lake and in 1941 published a report on drownings using the lake as an example.




Diving for Bodies

Through the years divers have been employed to recover missing drowning victims at Harvey's Lake. The muddy lake bottom, however, has challenged even professional divers.


A Century of Drownings

In the hundred years between 1863 and 1963 only 56 people have been known to drown in Harvey's Lake, a remarkably small number considering the tens of thousands of vistors to the lake. Some of the victims have never been found. Includes a list of all recorded drownings at the lake.


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