Obit: Marden, Ben--Death Certificate
Obit for Ben Marden
Death Certificate for Benjamin Marden--pg. 368
Village: Prairie du lac
Date: March 14, 1913
Age: 26 Occupation: General Labor Birthplace: Wisconsin Name of Father: T. Marden Burial: Neillsville, Wis. Date of Burial: March 1913. Undertaker: Ed Gruber
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Obit: Marden, Benjamin (1882 –
Surnames: Marden, Hayworth, Paskins, Pankins
----Source: Sauk County News (20 Mar 1913)
Marden, Benjamin (2 FEB 1882 – 14 MAR 1913)
"Man Drowned at Dam
Ben Marden, a young man form Neillsville (Clark Co., Wis.), lost his life by drowning at the dam site Friday morning between four and five o'clock, while endeavoring to save the life of a companion, John Paskins? Pankins? Mr. Paskins fell from the sand sucker barge into the river, and it was while Marden tried to give aid with a rowboat that the drowning occurred. It is not known just how the unfortunate man lost his life, but it is believed that the boat overturned and he went under the ice and was drowned. The body has not be recovered. Mr. Paskins was rescued by other members of the night crew after being nearly exhausted from his bath in the icy water. He dislocated his shoulder in the fall from the barge."
From Sauk County News – May 29, 2913: "Ben Marden's Body Recovered. After being in the water nearly ten weeks, the body of Ben Marden, who was drowned at the dam site March 18 (sic) was found. The remains of the young man were seen floating downstream on the Clifton side of the river by Eugene Thorpe and rescued by him and some friends Sunday afternoon. The body, although in a high state of putrefacation, was not beyond recognition. An inquest was not deemed necessary because the young man was still clothed in the James O. Hayworth raincoat and rubber boots with the contractors' initials stamped on the same. His clothes also contained his number check at the camp, besides a watch, some money and other belongings. Gruber Bros. prepared the body for burial. It was taken to Baraboo and from there shipped by rail to the home of his parents in Neillsville, Wis.
Death certificate of Benjamin lists his age as 26. This would support having been born in 1887.
The top of the gravestone of Leslie Seymour Marden, Benjamin's brother, reads "Bennie – Feb. 2, 1882 – Mar. 14, 1913" Is this Benjamin buried there? If so, the birth date is different than all other records.
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