From a scrapbook entry dated August 1908 and titled Elby Barnes Drowned
Elby Barnes of this city [Comanche, Texas] was drowned in the Colorado River at Jones Crossing yesterday morning.
Hugh Sherrill and Mrs. Chandler and families and Elby were on the Colorado fishing and Elby and Robert Chandler were out in a boat, and the boat was capsized, throwing both the boys into the water.
Robert is an expert swimmer and swam out, but Elby could not swim and was drowned. At noon yesterday his body had not been recovered.
Elby was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Barnes and was about 17 or 18 years old. His mother is on the ranch near Zephyr, his father at Odessa.
Immediately upon receipt of the phone message telling of the tragedy, Albert Barnes and Tom Pulliam left by private conveyance for Jones Crossing.
His corpse will be brought here for burial.
We join the people of Comanche in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.
Another article titled Funeral of Elby Barnes
After three days searching, the body of Elby Barnes was found late Saturday afternoon about 5 miles below where he was drowned on the Colorado River. The corpse was brought to Comanche.
The funeral took place from the family residence Sunday afternoon. Rev. Hailey conducted the service. The interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.
Elby was 18 years old, was born and reared in Comanche, was a member of the First Baptist church, and a quiet and industrious young man. His untimely death is greatly deplored by everybody.