12 August 1929 Tonawanda News
Goes To River To Take Bath, Boy, 20, Is Drowned
Joseph Kasperek, 31 15th Avenue, Thought Seized with Cramps-Police Recovered His Body at 1 P.M. Today
A pair of trousers, a shirt, a pair of shoes, a suit of underwear and a bar of soap on the bank of the Niagara river at the cinder dump, opposite Ward road, gave North Tonawanda police a clue to a drowning at 8 o'clock Saturday evening. The victim was Joseph Kasperek, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kasperek of 31 15th avenue.
Went to Take Bath
Police learned young Kasperek went to the river bank at 6:30 Saturday evening, immediately after eating his supper to take a bath. They believe he swam out into the water and was seized with cramps. He was alone and a fair swimmer, according to officers who investigated.
Clothing found on the cinder dump was yesterday identified at police headquarters by relatives as belonging to the boy. Youths walking along the river bank Saturday evening saw the pile of clothing and notified police.
The water is shallow for about 10 feet from shore at the point where Kasperek was swimming. It then takes an abrupt drop to a depth of 10 to 15 feet.
The body was recovered at 1 o'clock this afternoon near the point where the clothing was found. Patrolmen William Bailey and Andrew Rasch were in charge of the grappling.