Donald Rawson

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, July 02, 1931



Little Donald Rawson, 18 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Rawson of New Plymouth, was drowned Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock in an irrigation ditch that passed near the home. Mr. and Mrs. Rawson with their two children, came recently to New Plymouth from Ogden, Utah and were staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. Massengale, parents of Mrs. Rawson. During the afternoon the child went to pick some peas, and soon after was missing. Thinking perhaps the child had wandered away or picked up by someone, a search was made through the neighborhood, and later the water turned out of the ditch that passed near by, when the body was found some distance away, where it had washed through the siphon under the highway.

The body was brought to the Landon funeral home and Tuesday at 10 a.m. the funeral was held from the Baptist church at New Plymouth conducted by Rev. Jacobs, pastor, and the body laid to rest in the New Plymouth cemetery.

The Payette Independent (Thursday, July 02, 1931

Infant Drowns In Ditch Near New Plymouth

Toppling into an irrigation ditch at the home of his grandparents, Donald Rawson, 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rawson, New Plymouth, was drowned three miles south of New Plymouth, Sunday afternoon.

Missed immediately after he disappeared from the yard in which he was playing, frantic relatives turned water from the ditch and found the infant's body some distance down on the A. B. Sanderson ranch after it had gone through a siphon which crossed under the road. The body was recovered 20 minutes after the drowning.

Mr. and Mrs. Rawson have been living at the home of Mrs. Rawson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. Messengale, at whose ranch the death occurred. The body is at the Landon funeral parlors at Payette. No funeral arrangements have been completed.

The drowning was the second to occur in this section of a successive Sunday. A week ago Ernest Rumsier (unreadable) lost his life while swimming in the Payette river.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church of New Plymouth Tuesday morning, Rev. Henry Jacobs officiating. Interment was at Park View Cemetery.