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Moline Daily Dispatch
Monday, September 13, 1915, page 2
Three have Narrow Escape from Death
Roger Peterson, Former Football Star, and Companions Fall into River
Waves Overturn Canoe
Rough Waters Proves Too Great an Obstacle tor Frail Craft— Are Rescued by Launch
Roger Peterson, former Moline High School football star, living at 712 Fourth street, and two companions, Prof. Anton Udden of Augustana college and Melvin Anderson, a Rock Island boy, escaped death in the Mississippi Sunday afternoon by narrow margin. Their canoe was capsized by the enormous waves off Campbell’s Island and the three men struggled against big odds until a launch went to their rescue.
The trio left Eighteenth street early in the afternoon, intending to paddle to the island resort and back. Condition of the placid slough did not indicate rough water and until the head of the wing dam was reached the men encountered no difficult paddling.
They crossed to the Iowa shore, portaged over the lateral dam opposite Dynamic island and headed for their desired landing place.
Strike High Waves
Waves were more than three feet high in the channel and the three were forced to battle to make progress. When a quarter of a mile upstream from Dynamite Island, an exceptionally strong wave caught their frail craft, tossed it about for a moment as it rode the creat and whipped it, bottom up, into its trough.
Cries Bring Aid
Their frantic shouts for help reached the shore because of the high wind. Men in skiffs and canoes made towards the three heads bobbing in the water, ut a launch, the Necasa, with J.C. Lang and Harold Brown in the hero roles, sped to the rescue and arrived first.
The men were lifted, dripping, into the launch and their canoe was towed ashore. Examination proved that some of the wearing apparel, including the Peterson’s and Udden’s coats, was lost during their harrowing experience.