MELANCHLOLY OCCURRENCE - Reading, April 17
On Monday night last, at about 10 o'clock, 5 young men, who had been at a tavern about 5 miles from this borough, (known by the name of Shaeffer's tavern) on the Centre turnpike road, attempted to cross the Schuylkill, immediately in the rear of the tavern, in a canoe. The vessel by some accident was upset, and distressing to relate, four of them found a watery grave. Their names were Daniel Albright, Daniel Reiser, Valentine Moser and Henry Berger. George Albright, a brother of Daniel's escaped. Search was made the following morning for their bodies, which were found a short distance from the place where they were drowned. Thus, in the bloom of life, perished four young men, who but a short hour before, were the happiest among the happy......Schuylkill Journal.
From the Huntingdon Gazette of Thursday, April 29, 1819.