. . . the German who was drowned in the slough on the opposite side of the river last Saturday evening was brought to the city yesterday morning and taken to his late residence on North Hill.
It seems that Mr. Fritshga was returning home from the Oquawka Junction in company with Mr. Mains, by way of the Railroad, and in crossing the bridge over the slough, he stopped to shoot at some ducks, at that moment flying over his head. In looking upward he missed his foothold, fell into the water, and sank immediately. Mr. Mains could do nothing to save him being himself unable to swim. The slough was dragged but until this morning without success. No inquest has yet been held upon the body.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 29, 1862, p. 1