HURST, Bernie (c. 1890-1907), young man who drowned while swimming at Johnson's Harbor, Santa Catalina Island on September 28, 1907.
In the News~
September 29, 1907 [LAH]: “Inquest over drowned boy declared unnecessary. Long Beach, Sept. 28.—Deputy Coroner Sage this morning took the testimony of J. W. Russell, Captain Sam Spikes and Engineer Cleve Hyder of the launch Music concerning the death of 17-year-old Bernie Hurst at Catalina yesterday. Hurst, who was known here as Bernie or "Curly" Ward, was seized with cramps while swimming after a skiff which had broken loose from the Music in "Jim Johnson's harbor" at the east end of Santa Catalina Island. The others of the Music's crew could see his body at the bottom of the harbor, the water being still and clear. The body was brought to the surface by catching fish hooks in the bathing suit the lad wore. Efforts to resuscitate him were not abandoned for two hours. Deputy Coroner Sage decided that an inquest was unnecessary. Young Hurst's mother, Mrs. E. S. Ward of 1177 East Forty-ninth Street, Los Angeles, with her husband, the boy's stepfather, visited Orelli-McFadyn morgue, where the body lies, again today. Funeral arrangements will not be made until word is received from Mrs. Ward's daughter in Sacramento. ”