Maurice Welch

hateaugay Record


One of the most distressing
fatalities of the season occurred at
about 4:30 o’clock last Thursday
afternoon when by the capsizing of
their boat Maurice Welsch 35 and Lucius
Lashway Jr 27 both of Lyon Mountain
were drowned in the Waters of Chay
Lake. State troopers and others were
soon at the scene and search was started for the
bodies but no trace could be found that night.
Early Friday morning search was
resumed, when the body of Mr.
Lashway was recovered at 8:30 and
that of Mr. Welch at 9:15 o’clock.
Searchers were directed to the
scene of the drowning by Basil
Kline who witnessed the tragedy
with his son, Royden, while fishing
off shore.
Searchers dragging the lake with
grappling hooks first hooked onto
the boat and lost it. While circling
around they hooked onto the clothing
of Lashway and in less than an
hour’s time had also located the
body of Mr. Welch.
The two bodies were brought to
the Chateau gay Undertaking Establishment
and prepared for burial,
afterward being taken to their
homes at Lyon Mountain.
Both of these men left Lyon
Mountain on Thursday morning
with a trailer on which they had
placed a small steel boat with outboard
motor, attached. They started
fishing at Birch Point near the*
home of Sullivan King, first fishing
from shore. Both wore hip
boots and heavy clothing. ,
Despite the fact that a strong west
wind was blowing which made the
lake very rough, the two went out
in the boat during the afternoon.
About 5:30 the wind shifted, to the
east and the lake became quite
calm. The two started for shore.
Mr. Kline told state police Obey
saw the craft overturn about 700 feet
from them. They said that Mr. Lashway
drowned immediately and that
Mr. Welch swam 150 feet before he
It is believed in heading the boat
around toward shore, whoever was
steering it, turned too sharply causing
the craft to overturn. As soon
as word was spread that the two
had drowned searching parties were
organized, and headed by Corporal
Addison Hall, of the Dannemora
outpost and Trooper George Kidney
of the Chazy patrol, grappled until
dusk. They also failed to locate
the boat which sank. Where the
two drowned the water is said to
be about 20 feet deep.
Dr. Hubert Stiles, coroner, and
District Attorney Andrew W. Ryan
went to Chazy Lake upon being potified
and conducted a preliminary
Both Welch and Lashway were
employed in the mines of the Chateaugay
Ore & Iron Company but had
been idle since the mines shut down.
Mr Welch was born in Chateaugay
about 35 years ago a Son of William
and Emma (Seymour) Welch
and his early boyhood days were
spent here. When a young man he
went to Lyon Mountain and was em-
ployed in the mines Mr. Welch
was a driller in the mines and was
considered a workman of unusual
ability. He was well known and
highly regarded by a wide circle of
friends and his death is deeply
On August 29, 1936, he was united
in marriage to Miss Nellie Grogan,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
Grogan. of Lyon Mountain. He is
survived by his widow, his mother,
Mrs. Emma Welch, and one sister,
Mrs. Marjorie Ryan, of Syracuse,
two brothers, Eugene and Charles
Welch, of Lyon Mountain.
Funeral services were held at St.
Bernard’s church at Lyon Mountain
on Monday morning and interment
was made in St. Patrick’s cemetery
at Chateaugay.
The funeral of Mr. Lashway was
held in the Catholic Church at
Standish on Monday morning with
interment in the cemetery there.

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