Elsie Dagmar Mary Boge

Female 1896 - 1900  (4 years)


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  • Name Elsie Dagmar Mary Boge 
    Born 18 May 1896  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 08 Oct 1900  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Elsie was buried in a Private Grave. Buried with Katherina and Gottlëib.
      Lotheran.
    Drowning 9 Oct 1900  Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    General News
    Mr and Mrs Marcus Boge, of the Club Hotel, suffered a dreadfully sad and sudden bereavement yesterday morning by the loss of their youngest daughter, aged 4 years and 4 months, who was drowned in the well on the premises. The well is situated close to the kitchen, and is very deep, and filled with water to within three feet of the top. Owing to the pump being broken it has been the custom to draw the water through the lid, and yesterday morning the water having been drawn for the washing, the well was open. No one appears to have seen the little girl fall in, but it is surmised that she went to peer down the well and overbalanced. Another sister heard the splash and gave the alarm, and the inmates of the hotel rushed out. A boarder named Kunst stripped and dived down, but the depth of the water and its extreme coldness exhausted him after several attempts to reach the bottom, and he was rescued with difficulty. A ladder was then procured and put down the well, and another boarder names Sauer tried to get down, but had to abandon the attempt. A third man named Higgs was also unsuccessful. A long hooked iron was then brought, and Higgs, getting down as far as he could on the ladder, groped about, and succeeded at last in grappling the body, which was quickly brought to the surface, the child having been immersed about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, Dr Penny had been sent for, and was present at the rescue. He adopted every means to restore animation, but death had supervened. The Ambulance Brigade was also promptly in attendance. The news of the accident shocked the community, and was everywhere received with feelings of deep sympathy for the parents so suddenly afflicted with such a cruel loss. The funeral takes place this afternoon.
    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Tuesday, October 9, 1900 
    Funeral Notice 9 Oct 1900  Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The friends of Mr and Mrs M Boge, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved daughter (ELSIE DAGMAR MARY) to leave their residence, Club Hotel, Bazaar Street. THIS AFTERNOON, at 3 o?clock.
    J. AMMENHAUSER, Undertaker, Adelaide Street
    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Tuesday, October 9, 1900
     
    Buried 9 Oct 1900  Maryborough Cemetery, Maryborough, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Personal 10 Oct 1900  Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mr. and MRS. MARCUS BOGE desire to to THANK all FRIENDS who attended the Funeral of their beloved Daughter (ELSIE DAGMAR MARY), and who sent the innumerable beautiful wreaths and letters and telegram B of condolence.
    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Wednesday, 10 October 1900 
    Inquest 13 Oct 1900  Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    MAGISTERIAL INQUIRY

    A magisterial inquiry was held at the Court House yesterday morning, before Octavius Armstrong, Esq. P.M., into the circumstances connected with the death of the little girl Elsie Boge, youngest daughter of Mr Marcus Boge, who was drowned in a well in the Club Hotel yard on Monday last, the 8th October. Sergeant Clulow conducted the Inquiry, and the following witnesses were examined:

    Albert Boge deposed: Am a son of Marcus Boge, and reside with him at the Club Hotel; remember the 8th October; about 7am that day I took the cover off the well for the purpose of drawing water to fill wash-tubs; had to convey the water from the well about 20 yards to the wash-house; carried about 15 or 16 buckets of water to the wash-house from the well, and finished about 7.20am; after drawing the water from the well, I was in such a hurry to get to my work that I forgot to cover the well again; did not tell any person I left the well uncovered; went to work after breakfast; some time after one of my sisters came and told me that Elsie was down the well and to come home; when I got home I saw the dead body of my sister on the bed; there is about 12 feet of water in the well; the water was 3 or 4 feet from the top; the opening is about 2 feet 6 inches across, and the top of the well is brick and cement, about a foot higher than the ground; a cover is always kept on the well except when drawing water; the cover kept on the well previous to the accident was not a very good one; have repaired it since; the cover (produced) is the one that was in general use; have put an extra board on it, about a foot wide; before the board in question was put on there was an opening of about 5 inches when the cover was on the well; it was an accident that the cover was left off.

    By the P.M.: The cover was loose on the top of the well, and was not fastened; did not say anything about the cover of the well when at breakfast.

    Anthilde Boge deposed: Am wife of Marcus Boge, of the Club Hotel; am mother of deceased; about 8 o'clock on the morning of 8th October I was in the kitchen; gave the children their breakfast; deceased said she would be ready for school first; did not see her leave the kitchen; the children got ready for school in the cottage which is separate from the hotel; they had to pass close by the well in going to the cottage; did not miss Elsie from the kitchen; Lilly came in and said Elsie was in the well; went out at once and saw Elsie come up and hold out her arms; she disappeared and never rose again; the cover was half off the well; always used the well water for washing; have often been anxious about the cover, and the danger to the children; Elsie was 4 years and 4 months old, and was born in Maryborough.

    Marcus Boge deposed: Am Licensee of the Club Hotel, and father of deceased. About 8am on 8th October was at breakfast; heard someone sing out "Elsie is in the well"; went out at once. Mrs Boge was there; leant over the mouth of the well expecting her to rise; had she come to the surface I could have caught her; she never rose; young Kunst stripped and went into the well; he dived down, but could not stand the cold water; young Sauer then went into the well and dived, but could not stand the water; by this time a ladder was procured and put down the well; Higgs went down into the well again; Mr Horsburgh brought over an iron hook from Mr Barker's place, and with this Mr Higgs recovered the body; there were a good few people about by this time including the Ambulance, under Dr Penny took charge of the body, and they tried for five or ten minutes to restore animation; Dr Penny said it was no use continuing as she was dead; she was not more than 10 minutes in the well; the cover was quite sufficient to keep anyone from falling into the well, but a child could pull it off; Mrs Boge often spoke to me about the danger of the well; Inspector O'Driscall spoke to my wife about the necessity of getting a proper cover for the well; spoke to my landlord about the cover, telling him a new one was wanted; he kept putting it off; I also wanted him to put on a new pump; he always put it off; the last time I spoke to him about it he said "We'd better fill it up", considered it dangerous when the cover was off; it is not usual to leave the cover off, the day in question was a washing day, and the cover was accidently left off by my oldest son; should think it was from 18 to 20 feet to the bottom of the well; last complained of the well about 2 months ago; the water in the well was very cold.

    By the P.M.: Should say there were about 14 feet of water in the well; the water was drawn by a bucket and rope; when I got to the well on the morning in question the cover was about half off the top; no weight was placed on the cover when it was on.

    Albert Boge, recalled, stated: When I went to draw the water I pushed the cover half off the mouth of the well; stood on the edge of the well when drawing the water.

    Lilly Florence Mabel Boge, sister of the deceased, aged six, stated: Elsie went out into the yard after breakfast; heard her sing out that she was in the well; sang out to Mother that Elsie was in the well; saw nobody near the well at the time; saw Elsie go down.

    By the P.M.: Did not notice how the cover was on the well.

    Sergeant James O'Brien, stated: In consequence of a report made to me about 8am, on the 8th October I went in company with First class Constable O'Brien to the backyard of the Club Hotel; Dr Penny arrived at the same time; we were shown the dead body of deceased and were informed that she had just been taken out of the well; assisted Dr Penny in endeavouring to restore animation; we worked at least 15 minutes but without success; produced a certified copy of Dr Penny's certificate which showed that death was caused by drowning.
    This concluded the inquiry.
    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Saturday, 13 October 1900  
    Person ID I4218  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2017 

    Father Marx/Marcus Böge/Boge,   b. Dec 1851, Kaltenkirchen, Segeberg District, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 1902, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Mother Anthilde Maria Christina Bundesen,   b. 30 Nov 1856, Stortom, Ensted Parish, Aabenraa County, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1937, Burnett Heads near Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1876  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1153  Group Sheet


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