Mildred Buford ??

from the Tacoma Washington Evening News
August 13, 1903


WOMAN DROWNED BY COLLISION OF ROWBOAT WITH tUG

Late Tuesday night a small rowboat, containing a man and woman, was run into by a tug in the river and cut in two.  The crew of the tug saw the man and woman in the boat and shouted to them, but instead if swinging out of the way of the tug, the man put his boat directly in front of it.  The woman screamed and jumped out of the boat into the water.  The man remained seated.  When the sharp nose of the tug cut the frail boat in two, it threw him around and the crew of the tug were able to catch hold of him and pull him on board.

The woman sank immediately and was lost to sight.  The body was later recovered, and indentified as that of a woman variously known as Bertha McKay, Mrs. Phillips and "Mildred Buford."

She is said to have been married in California to a man named Eggert, from whom she was divorced.

She has a sister somewhere in California.  At her rooms a large trunk was found filled with expensive dresses and wearing apparel.

The man who was with the woman disappeared after he was rescued and has not been located,.


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