Nels Abraham Larsson
Larsson was born April 17, 1890, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA, and died June
6, 1901, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA, at age 11. Buried in Plot Block
20, Lot 3, Grave 1, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.
He is the son of Erik Larsson
and Mary Sophia Nelson of Finland.
Nels Abraham Larsson is
buried in Plot Block 20, Lot 3,
Grave 1, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.
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Nels Abraham Larsson was born April 17,
1890, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA.
Nels Abraham Larsson died June 6, 1901, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA, at age 11.
Plot Block 20, Lot 3, Grave 1, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.
Myron Emerick Larsson
died June 6, 1901, in Woodland, Yolo Co., CA, at age 9. Buried in
Plot Block 20, Lot 3,
Grave 1a, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.
Nels Abraham Larsson death
certificate. Record courtesy of
Maurine N. "Marti" Mackie.
Erick Larsson's statement identifying
the bodies of Nels Abraham Larsson and Myron Emerick Larsson. Record courtesy of
Maurine N. "Marti" Mackie.
The Woodland Daily News,
Woodland, Yolo Co., CA,
Friday Evening, June 7, 1901
DROWNED IN A
of Nels A. and Myron E. Larsson.
Tragedy Has Pained and Shocked the Community.
Out on Cleveland street, a short distance
from Agricultural Park, is a neat little cottage in which Eric Larsson and his
wife and children have lived for many years. It is the home in which all the
children of the Larsson family were born. It is a cheerless and sorrow stricken
home today, for over it rest the gloom and shadow of a great sorrow - the
greatest that has ever fallen upon the Larsson family. Two sons whose bodies but
yesterday were pulsating with all the life, energy and enthusiasm of youth and
health are today cold and voiceless in death. The sudden awful and unexpected
summons has overwhelmed the heartbroken parents with an anguish that can hardly
be understood by those who have never experienced such a shock, and the entire
community is appalled and deeply sympathetic. Nels A. aged 11 years, 1 month and
19 days, and Myron E., aged 9 years, 7 months and 16 days, lost their lives in a
pond of water formed in what is now known as "the sandpit", on the Reynolds
farm, opposite the Mossmayer slaughterhouse, and a short distance from
agricultural Park. The pond of water covers a surface of probably forty square
yards. It is shallow except in one small place, where the water is probably six
feet deep. It appears that the Larsson boys, unknown to their parents, have been
in the habit, since the warm season began, of bathing in this pond. On this
fateful Thursday their parents last saw them alive shortly before noon. About 12
o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Larsson drove into Woodland to do some trading. When they
returned to their home about half past one o'clock the two boys were missing,
but the circumstance gave them no concern at the time. Mr. Larsson and his
oldest son, Clarence A., had an appointment to drive out to the Hannagin farm,
on the creek, with George Knox, so they ate their dinner without waiting for the
boys to return, and shortly afterward left home. They did not return until about
10 o'clock Thursday night, and after both bodies had been recovered. Until that
hour they had not received any intimation of the awful accidents. Mrs. Larsson
kept dinner on the table for the boys, but as they did not return in a
reasonable time she became apprehensive that something had happened to them.
William Summ and family were her nearest neighbors and to them she hastened for
information. In the meantime an employee of Mr. Burnam's, whose name we have not
learned, informed Mr. Burnam that there was some clothing on the bank of the
pond and nobody in sight. Mr. Burnam communicated this information to Mr. Summ a
few minutes prior to the arrival of Mrs. Larsson. When told of this discovery
the distressed mother was almost overwhelmed with apprehension. She went to the
pond and readily recognized the clothing as that of her son, Nels A. Floating on
the pond was an improvised raft, made by nailing some boards to two fence posts.
Mr. Burnham took Mrs. Larsson to her home, after which he, his hired man and Mr.
Summ began to explore the pond in search of the body. As none of the gentlemen
can swim they labored under considerable difficulty. Russ Strong, who was
working in the Mossmayer hayfield near by, was called over to assist in the
search. A number of men from the racetrack soon joined the party. Mr. Strong
divested himself of his clothing and with the aid of the raft began an
examination of the bottom of the pond. After a long search he located a body at
a point where the water was deepest. Before attempting to recover it he took the
precaution to tie one end of a rope around his body, leaving the other end in
the hands of the watchers on the bank. This was deemed necessary to prevent the
possibility of miring in the mud. Mr. Strong then dived for the body. On the
first attempt he failed to bring it to the surface. On the second attempt he was
successful. The body was entirely nude. It was removed as soon as possible to
the home of the family. Until a late hour the theory was that Myron had
witnessed the drowning of his brother and the tragic incident so frightened him
that he ran away and was in hiding. This theory was strengthened by the fact
that his clothing could not be found. About 7 o'clock Wallace Hester, John Boyle
and Leo Slavely visited the sandpit with a view of making an investigation and
also a search for the missing boy. Mr. Boyle and Mr. Slavely crossed the road to
the Mossmayer hay barn and made a thorough search of the premises. During their
absence Mr. Hester got on the improvised raft and propelled it over the pond,
feeling the bottom as best he could with a pole. In the middle of the pond, and
very near the spot where Mr. Strong found the body of Nels, Mr. Hester found
what he believed to be the body of Myron. Messrs. Boyle and Slavely soon joined
him and they made an unsuccessful effort to bring the body to the bank. Several
times they succeeded in moving it a few feet, but every time it slipped back
into the middle of the pond. Messrs. Dillard, and John Read, Peter Calder and
others joined the searchers. William Gregg drove to town and procured a rake
from the brewery, and with this implement the body was finally recovered about 9
o'clock. As the body of Nels A. was nude while that of his younger brother was
clothed, it is a plausible theory that Myron E. was riding on the raft; that he
fell from it and was so frightened that he lost his head when his brother went
to his rescue and grasped him in a manner that prevented him from swimming, and
in the struggle both were drowned. However, there are other theories equally
plausible, and public opinion will probably always be divided as to how the
drowning occurred. There is probably nothing in the rumor that a boy witnessed
the drowning and was seen running away from the pond. Reese, the 11-year
old son of Peter Calder, was with the boys when they left home, but he parted
company with them at Summ's corner and returned to his home. It is probable
therefore that the story of the third boy is all a myth, and that there was no
witness to the struggle the unfortunate lads made for their lives. At 11 o'clock
this morning Coroner Bean summoned the following jury: T. P. Magee, Morris
Riordan, W. I. Johnson, James Back, James Perry and Clifton Rogers. Ike Swisher,
an employee at the race track, was the first witness. He narrated the
circumstances of the finding of the body of Nels Larsson. Wallace Hester and
John Boyle testified as to the finding of the body of Myron Larsson. The jury
brought in a verdict of accidental drowning. The funeral services will be held
at the family residence Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in the
The San Francisco Call,
San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA,
Saturday, June 8, 1901
DROWNED IN ATTEMPT TO RESCUE BROTHER
Body of a Second Larsson Boy Found in a Pond
7. - The dispatch in The Call to-day announcing the drowning of Nels. A.
Larsson, the 12-year-old soon of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Larsson, gave information of
but half of the great affliction that has fallen upon the family.
At the time it was sent another son, Maron E. Larsson, 9 years of age, was
missing, but as his clothing was not found on the bank of the pond and a rumor
was current that a boy had been seen running away from the pond, the generally
accepted theory was that he had witnessed the drowning of his brother and that
the tragic event had so frightened him that he had run away and was in hiding.
One of the searching parties concluded last night to sound the pond. The water
is very shallow except in one small spot, where there is a hole six feet deep.
In this hole the body was located and when it was brought to the surface it was
discovered that it was fully clothed. On the pond was floating an improvised
raft, evidently made by the two boys. It was constructed by nailing some fence
boards to two posts. The theory is that the youngest boy was riding on the raft,
that he fell from it and when his brother went to his rescue grasped the latter
in a manner that prevented him from swimming, and in the struggle both were
The Woodland Daily Democrat,
Woodland, Yolo Co., CA,
Saturday Evening, June 8, 1901
Nels A. and Myron E. Larsson
Laid to Rest.
funeral from one home is such an unusual occurrence as to excite more than
In the instance here related the entire community felt a keen interest on
account of the pathetic circumstances surrounding this particular affliction. A
very large congregation of people assembled at the Larsson cottage on Cleveland
street this morning to witness the funeral services over the bodies of the late
Nels A. and Myron E. Larsson, the circumstances of whose tragic deaths were
related in Friday's DEMOCRAT. The services were conducted by Rev. W. E. M.
Stewart, who read a scripture lesson, two beautiful poems and made touching and
appropriate remarks. The song service was by Rev. W. E. M. Stewart and his wife
and Joel Wright and wife. The two coffins were taken to the cemetery in one
hearse and lowered into one grave, which was divided into two compartments by
cloth. The attendance at the cemetery was unusually large, and it seemed that
everybody brought a choice offering of flowers. At the close of the services
there was scarcely a dry eye in all that vast assemblage. The pallbearers were
William Summ, Amos Eakle, George Sidwell and P. S. Snavely.