March 3, 1897
News reached Farmerville last Wednesday of the drowning of Mr. J. P. Wood, in the Ouachita River four miles above Monroe, which occurred on the previous day. It is claimed that a raft collided with Mr. Wood’s dug-out, capsizing the boat and throwing him in the water, from which he never recovered himself. In view of the fact that a diligent but fruitless search was made for the drowned man’s body, many are of the opinion that foal play probably brought about Wood’s death.
March 10, 1897
The body of Mr. Perry Wood, who was drowned several days ago in the Ouachita River, was found floating down the stream last Saturday opposite Herring’s saw mill, just above Monroe. The corpse was recovered and buried on the river bank. Wood’s face showed some slight bruises, but it is believed that they were caused by his fall.