May 20, 2024

Words and memories

I wish to thank everyone who participated in the writing of the article “Death Boat” (BDN, Dec. 2) regarding the drowning of 12 children at Gardiner Lake on June 19, 1936, and a special thanks to Miriam Doherty for telling the story.

For years, all I had were my mother’s (Kathleen Eaton Burns) and grandmother’s (Martha Eaton Grant) memories of that tragic day. I never knew my uncle, Roland Eaton, since I was born 101/2 years later, but I remember my family never got over that day. All I have are pictures of Uncle Roland when he was 11 and three.

Since my mother’s death in 1986, I have tried to find articles about this but didn’t know the date that it occurred. I was very moved to read this some 72 years later.

I would appreciate it if someone could steer me in the right direction to get a copy of the book, “Remember the Children,” written by Vicki Reynolds Schad.

Pamela Burns King


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