1916 - ENDS LIFE IN POTOMAC - Edwin Coobs, Watertown, Mass., Victim of Nervous Troubles
Arrived With Specialist En Route to Florida and Vanished from Hotel. Body Found Two Hours Later.
The body of Edwin Coombs, 50 years old, librarian, of Watertown, Mass., was recovered from the Potomac River at the Tenth street wharf southwest, at 9 o'clock last night, two hours after he had disappeared from the Congress Hall Hotel.
Mr. Coombs, suffering from a nervous trouble, accompanied by Dr. Co. O. Chase, a specialist in such maladies, from Watertown, Mass., en route to St. Augustine, Fla., arrived in Washington earlier in the evening in a special car. A stop was made here for rest. Dr. Chase and his patient registered at the Congress Hall Hotel, intending to leave for Florida some time today.
While the doctor and his patient were at dinner, Mr. Coombs arose, saying he intended to go to his room. When Dr. Chase followed he could find no trace of Mr. Coombs. Dr. Chase immediately notified the police. Mr. Coombs left the hotel without an overcoat or hat. Two hours later his body was fished from the river by Ralph Ford, 480 G street southwest; Ray Millagan, 914 1/ 2 G street southwest, and Edwin Gorman, 946 F street southwest.
The Emergency Hospital ambulance was summoned, the surgeon applying the pulmotor in an effort to resuscitate Mr Coombs, but without effect. It was learned that he was seen to jump from the tugboat James O. Carter, tied up at the wharf. Coroner Nevitt will issue a certificate in the case this morning.
The Washington Post
December 30, 1916
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