Clarence George "Jack"
||March 20, 1906
in Welch, Louisiana|
1935 in Big Lake, Louisiana|
Lake Charles, Louisiana (Map
RITES FOR JACK
COSNER, BIG LAKE DROWNING VICTIM
Vinton Man Loses Hold When
Hatch Opens After Jumping on Boat.
were held in Lake Charles today for Clarence G. (Jack) Cosner,
29, Calcasieu parish rice farmer, who drowned in Big Lake
Saturday afternoon shortly after 6 o'clock. Mr. Cosner jumped
from the cabin cruiser Frances Marie onto a speedboat, lost
his hold when the hatch came open, and fell into the lake.
Being unable to swim, he went down before rescuers could reach
him. Services were conducted by the Rev. George F. Wharton at
10 o'clock this morning at the residence of Mrs. E. E.
Richards, Mrs. Cosner's mother, at 2217 South Ryan St. Burial
was in Goos Cemetery, with Burke and Trotti in
and honorary pallbearers were Aladace Hebert, P. Oertling, and
Alfred Arceneaux of Welsh; Alton Prentiss of Houston, and
Miller Mims, A. C. B. Anderson, John McGraw, Carl King, W. B.
Smith, and George Quilty, all of Lake Charles.
ON WAY TO
was on his way to Cameron for a boat expedition to the gulf
Sunday morning. He was traveling on Guy Richards' cruiser
Frances Marie with Mr. Richards, Mrs. E. E. Richards; his
wife, Mrs. Marie Richards Cosner; M. Williams, Carl King, Earl
Armstead, J. T. Butler, and others.
LOSES HOLD ON
speedboat, playing about the lake, drew alongside the cruiser,
Mr. Cosner jumped from the cruiser onto the smaller boat. The
hatch, to which he was holding, came open and he lost his hold
and fell into the lake, rising twice and then going down for
the final time. Both boats had such speed that when rescuers
from the cruiser swam to the spot and the speed boat had
turned back to the spot, Mr. Cosner had gone down for the last
was recovered about 8:45 Saturday night.
The group on
the cruiser began dragging the lake immediately after the
accident, later enlisting a small fishing boat of Arsand
LeBleu in the search. Rowing in the small boat, Murphy Hebert,
Wilbert Manning and his brother, Edward Manning, Arsand LeBleu
and Walter LeBleu, used a shrimp trawl, and recovered the body
at the first
group from Lake Charles waited at the Big Lake shore for the
return of the searchers. The body was brought to Lake Charles
at once by motor
Cosner was born in Welsh, March 20, 1906, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. George Cosner. He was engaged in rice farming four miles
south of Vinton.
Surviving are his wife; father of Welsh; a sister, Mrs. Sud
Champion of Edwards, Miss.; and two brothers, Joe and John
Cosner, of San Antonio, Texas.