Dublin’s Belle Patrick Drowns

OCEANI must admit that the notice in the old newspaper caught my attention more than most. I suppose it was because the year was 1912, a year when most young women were kept close to the home fires and not really allowed lots of “roaming” freedom. After all, it was still several years before the U.S. would enter WWI, forcing women to become more independent, some even entering the workforce where only men had walked before.

In 1912, women had not begun to “bob” their hair and few, very few, had donned those old wool “bathing suits” with the dense black hose covering their legs. And yet, I have to think that Dublin’s Belle was a bit ahead of her time. Why? Because she not only drowned, she drowned while swimming in the ocean at Corpus Christi where she was attending a “summer normal” held there. Of course, that means that Belle was a teacher. The newspaper calls her a former teacher at Proctor but does not tell where she was teaching at the time of her death.

“She and one other teacher were caught in a strong under current and carried out into the bay. Miss Patrick was unconscious when rescued, and died a short time afterward.”

I have not been able to find anything else about the woman who drowned. If you have info, know her family, or have a photo, we would love to hear from you!


About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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