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Bessie May Van Flick (Brooks)

Also Known As: "Mrs. Bess Van Flick"
Birthplace: CA, USA
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Albert Elles Brooks and Mary Belle Brooks
Sister of Edith Pearl Brooks; infant Brooks; Roy Oakland Brooks; infant Brooks and Alvin Earl Brooks

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Bessie May Van Flick's Timeline

February 1888
May 1, 1903
- May 1, 1903
Age 15
Fresno, CA, USA


Awkward, Oarsman Overturns Boat
Which He Was Rowing on Kings River.

FRESNO, May 1.— The Misses Pearl and
Bessie Brooks and Charles Ellsworth of
this city had a narrow escape from
drowning in the current of Kings River
young people had gone to
Laton to the Modern Woodmen's picnic
and had ventured into the river in a boat.
Ellsworth was an awkward oarsman and
get a little too far out into the current.
Before he could get back again the boat
was caught In the swirl of the water and
The water was deep and but capsized.
for their clinging to the sides of the over-
turned boat both young ladies would
probably have been drowned. There were
picnickers along the river
bank at the time and for a few minutes
there was great excitement. Will Holden
and" Hiram Gale, who were among the
spectators, jumped into the river and
after considerable work, during which they
were nearly overcome, themselves
managed to bring the young ladles to shore.