Homer Wayne McMasters

The Payette Independent
Thursday, June 28, 1928


Two boys, Wayne McMasters, aged 16, and James Coleman, aged 14, both of Cascade, were drowned near Cascade in the backwaters of the Payette river Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.

Coleman's body was recovered shortly afterwards, but at a late hour Wednesday night the other body had not yet been found. Searchers, however, expected that it would soon be discovered, and announced their expectation to continue the hunt for it, all night if necessary.

The boys were swimming in the backwaters, when Coleman got too far out, and was caught in the current. McMasters started on a house to his rescue, and was likewise swept into the current, where the horse was unable to manage itself.

Note: According to the Idaho Death Index, Homer Wayne McMasters was born 7-30-1912 and died 6-27-1928, Cascade. William James Coleman was born 12-14-1914 and died 6-27-1928, Cascade. ch