Eugene LaFountain

PRESS-REPUBLICAN, PLATTSBURGH, N. Y—WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1951

Keeseville Man Drowns
When Boat Capsizes

Eugene LaFountain, 36,
Father of Six, Victim; Two
Have Narrow Escape

Eugene Lafountain, 36,. of Keeseville,
father of six young children,
was drowned early yesterday, and
two companions, Roger Rennell, 34,
and Kenneth McGee, 38, also of
Keeseville, had narrow escapes, after
a rowboat from which they were
fishing, overturned in Augur Lake,
located a few miles South of. Keeseville
in the Town of Chesterfield,”
Rennell, one of the two survivors
owes his life to his companion, McGee,
and to the efforts of the members
of the Keeseville Fire Department,
who, working under direction
of Chief William Lattrollop, .responded
to an emergency call and manned
the department’s’ resuscitator to
revive Rennell, who had been submerged
for some jninutes _and was
finally -reached him dragged to
shore by McGee,
The accident occurred shortly before
one A.M. The-three men had
gone to Augur Lake fish bullpout.
A sudden gust of wind caused their
craft to overturn . . . . . . ..
Members of.the fire department
and Troopers C. I. Poland and R. L.
Robinson of the pastern Zone
Headquarters of Troop B, State Police,
collaborated in dragging operations
at the lake and recovered
LaFountain’s body about nine A.M.
The body was brought to the Mc-
Donough, and O’Neill funeral home
at Keeseville. This morning it will
be removed to the LaFountain residence,-
. Funeral arrangements are
not yet completed.
Mr. LaFountain, a lifelong resident
of Keeseville, is survived by
by mother, Mrs. Fred LaFountain;
his widow, the former Miss Irene
Cross; six children; nine brothers
and sisters, Mrs. Aurera Mitchell,
Mrs. Philip Bushey and Henry LaFountain,
all of Bristol, Conn., Mrs.
Louise Johnson of Thompson, Pa.,
Mrs. George Hamlin, Miss Isabelle
LaFountain, Fred LaFountain, Jr.,
Louis and George LaFountain, all
of Keeseville. His father, Fred LaFountain,
Sr„ died, last. Labor Day
weekend as a result of injuries received
some weeks earlier when
struck by a falling tree.
Mr. LaFountain Was employed as
a truck driver by the Pepsi-Cola
distributing firm at Keeseville. Mr.
McGee is a partner with Gordon
Barnes in the Barnes and McGee
garage. Mr. Rennell is am employee
of Barnes and McGee. 71ft three
were fishing companions on many
fishing trips.

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