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6-20-1951, Wednesday. Article in Daily Southtown:
Girl, 11, Drowns in Pool /Helen Traut Is Victim in Ridge Park /Efforts to Revive Her Futile: Boy, 15, Drowns While Swimming in Quarry Near Lemont
Swimming accidents Sunday and Monday took the lives of a boy and a girl in Southtown... Helen Traut, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Traut, 9341 Damen ave., was pronounced dead on arrival at Little Company of Mary Hospital at 4:40 after being taken unconscious from the indoor swimming pool in the Ridge park fieldhouse, 96th st. and Longwood dr., 25 minutes earlier.
Sister Died a Year Ago: Helen was the second child of the Traut family of seven children to die by drowning within a year. July 13 of last year, a sister, Marie, 14, drowned at Michigan City, Ind. Helen was taken from the pool at 4:15 p.m. by Lifeguard Sheldon Lake, 22, 9163 Oak Park ave., when he saw her body floating with her face under water at the shallow end of the pool. She had entered the pool with a group of 75 swimmers at 4 o'clock. A sister, ***, eight, was waiting for Helen in a balcony above the pool. Lifeguard Lake applied artificial respiration, ordered the pool cleared and sent for help. Park District Police Officer James Mackey, who was in the building, arrived with an inhalator and then telephoned for a fire department rescue squad.
Try Resuscitation: Rescue squad No. 12 and Officers John Gilligan and James Gainer of the Gresham police station arrived a few minutes later. After attempting to revive the girl with a resuscitator, Lt. Ray Meisenbach of the rescue squad ordered her taken to Little Company of Mary hospital. There the child was pronounced dead. A coroner's jury yesterday determined that Helen drowned by accident. The inquest was held in the Heeney chapel, 2104 W. 95th st. The Traut family physician said at the inquest that the youngster had been subject to asthma attacks. He said the change in temperature upon entering the pool conceivably could have brought on an attack. The temperature of the water in the pool was 74 degrees and of the air 89 degrees, Life Guard Lake said.
Her Funeral Tomorrow: Funeral services for Helen will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Christ the King church, 9405 Hamilton ave., from the Heeney chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. In addition to her parents, Helen is survived by two sisters, ***, eight, and ***, five, and three brothers, ***, 14, ***, 12, and ***, two. Mr. Traut is a certified public accountant...
(The article also covered the drowning of Edward Manning, but those parts are omitted.)