Houston Post, August 8, 1910 p. 1, col 2
WERE BATHING IN TRINITY RIVER NEAR BATSON
Men Had Left Them in Shallow Water but they Got Beyond Their Depth.
(Houston Post Special)
BATSON, Texas, August 6. --- While a party of citizens of Batson --- Gavin Purvis and wife, Edgar Bevers, wife and little baby, Miss Emma Kerr; Mamie Odum, a 13-year-old girl who lives with Edgar Bevers, and a few others --- were at the Trinity river fishing an accident happened which resulted in the death of Mrs. Edgar Bevers, Miss Emma Kerr and Miss Mamie Odum.
Gavin Purvis and his sister had gone for some fresh water to drink, while the others were bathing in the shallow water. Edgar Bevers, a brother-in-law of Purvis, had left the three women alone in the shallow water. When Mr. Bevers had gotten about 100 yards down the river he heard his wife scream and turned around to see what was the matter. He was astonished to see that Miss Kerr had stepped off into deep water and gone down.
He immediately made a rush upstream to reach them, but he had to swim all the way and before he got to them his wife and the little girl had both gone into the deep water.
Gavin Purvis, brother of Mr. Bevers, rushed to them as fast as he could, but before they could be rescued all had gone too far into the river and gone down for the last time. An effort was made to secure the bodies, but with what facilities they had it was impossible to do anything.
The party left immediately for town, which is about fifteen miles away, and a crowd is now being made up to go to the river and drag for the bodies.
Mrs. Edgar Bevers was a daughter of Professor Purvis, who taught school in Batson for a number of years, and Mrs. Bevers taught as assistant in the same school for two years and was loved by everybody who knew her. The little girl had been living with Mrs. Bevers for some time. Miss Kerr had been one of Batson’s school teachers, and had a contract to teach here in the coming fall and winter. She was a very fine teacher and will be greatly missed by everybody that lives in Batson.
I have a postcard from Susie Purvis Bevers to Miss Louella Newton, Milano, Tex. posted 29 December 1907, just a week after her marriage to Samuel Edgar Bevers.
Why didn’t you come down to the Convention? Saw Mr. Clark. also Messers, Watts & Gillis Suppose you know I’m married come to see me. Your old Pal
Susie Purvis Bevers