Beach Open for 2 Weeks More Say Officials
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 17 Aug 1916, p. 1

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Weather and demand make a longer open beach season a necessity.
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17 Aug 1916
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Arrangements have been completed to maintain the present service in the bathhouse as well as on the beach at the foot of Lake avenue until September 15 at least. Officials of the Beach Improvement association declare that the patronage has been so large as to make it imperative that such arrangements be maintained as late in the season as the weather and temperature of the water will permit. Consequently W. H. Sommers and Mike McGrath will be retained as the official lifeguards and they will be assisted, it is understood, by the present corps of guards. On Sunday last a recurrence of the recent drowning accident was narrowly averted by the prompt assistance of one of the bathers. Miss Edna Wymer of Chicago, with a party of friends, was bathing on that section of the beach near the outlet of the old sewer at the foot of Elmwood avenue. Despite the fact that two signs have been posted on this section of the beach warning bathers against the dangerous hole which exists at this point, Miss Wymer strayed from her party and inadvertently stepped into a sinkhole at the end of the abandoned piling. She sank from sight for the second time before her cries for help brought Winfred Myers, a neighbor, and one of her party, to the rescue. He seized the drowning girl, who was unconscious, and brought her safely to shore where she was revived by the guards.

New Diving Stand
It is announced by L. J. Mitten that early next spring piling will be sunk in the lake, 300 yards from shore and about opposite the foot of Lake avenue, to which a reconstructed diving stand will be securely fastened. The new stand will resemble the one washed ashore in the recent storm in height, but will be so constructed as to present the least possible resistance to wind and water. It has been decided that the lower platform, which was but a few feet from the water's surface, was the cause of the disaster which overtook the initial experiment in deep water diving stand. Therefore diving boards will be constructed on a platform erected about 15 feet above the water and the additional platforms, at 20 and 30 feet, may be erected on a tower built above this. It is also suggested by the beach committee that a novel feature of this new diving stand might be introduced in a chute dropped from the 15 feet platform to within about 6 feet of water. The popularity of the old platform, it is expected, will be augmented greatly by additional sport facilities provided by this new structure.

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Beach Open for 2 Weeks More Say Officials