The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio
Wednesday, February, 24 1897

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At eight o'clock Sunday morning, Engineer Ephraim Aumiller, of the steamboat
Jessie, answered his last stopping bell and safely moored his craft in
the have of the great beyond. More on the JESSIE
His death took place at his home at Racine, after a brief illness, surrounded
by the members of his family.
Deceased was probably as well known in river circles as any steam-
boatman in Meigs County. He was born on Horse Cave Creek, in this
county, in 1833, and was on the river before he was twenty years of
age. During his 44 years of service he navigated the Ohio, Mississippi
and Missouri Rivers from mouth to source. His reputation has always
been that of a first-class engineer, shrewd, carefull and far-seeing,
and through all the years of his service no man was ever injured in
any way by the fault of the engineer.  He had a chief engineer's
license forty years old, and a pilot's and master's license.
Nearly 20 years ago he was Captain of the steamer W. H. Harrison, running
between Parkersburg and Gallipolis.
At the time of Cleveland's first term he was appointed postmaster at
Racine and for the time being retired from the river, but again
succumbed to the allurements of river life and went back to his first
He was taken sick in the engine room of the Jessie just a week before
his death. He leaves a wife and several grown-up children.

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Capt. Frank Summers went out Friday as engineer on the Jessie, in place 
of Eph. Aumiller, who was at his home at Racine dangerously ill.

Capt. James Summers, aged 66 years, brother of Engineer Frank Summers,
of this city, was run down by a street car at Gallipolis last Wednesday
evening. His right are was broken and he was badly bruised about the face.

The new marine law which makes it a punishable offense for steamboatmen
to drink while on duty is being vigorously enforced by the U. S. local
inspectors. These officers have the power to revoke the license of any
man infringing the law. As a consequence, and it is a wise provision, steam
vessels in future will be navigated only by temperate crews, but the
law will also have the effect of banishing the bar-room from steamers,
thus removing another feature of old time river travel.

Last year the several steamboats trading on the Ohio carried 2,376,659
passengers without a single fatality, a record that has never been equaled
elsewhere in the country.

Capt. Nye came down ahead of his boat Monday and spent a few hours with
his family.

The towboat, John D. Lewis, owned by Capt. J. F. Beatty,
of Paducah, Kentucky, burned to the water's edge last Wednesday morning,
February 17, at Livingston's Point, three miles above Louisville.
The boat was valued at $36,000; insurance $5,000.
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