|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1933|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1944|
Daughter of Oliver Joseph & Mildred Fudge Fortier
Olivia Jo Fortier was orginally buried at the Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, Montana on August 16, 1944 and later was moved to the Mountain View Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado on October 11, 1944. She is resting peacefully beside her parents.
Three Persons Drown in Big Thompson River
Plains - Aug. 14, - Three persons lost their lives in a drowning accident on the Big Thompson river, about 30 miles from here while on a fishing trip. The drownings are believed to have occurred Sunday afternoon, but the bodies were not found until today.
The victims were Charles Hagerman, 69, Plains, retired Northern Pacific man; Carl Fischer, Missoula, and the 10 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Fortier, Missoula. The body of the girl was found first near the capsized boat in the river, and hours later the bodies of the men were recovered in about fifteen feet of water.
Mr. and Mrs. Hagerman, Mr. and Mrs. Fischer and Mr. and Mrs. Fortier and daughter were spending the weekend at the Hagerman cabins about eight miles south of the Bend ranger station. The victims of the drowning accident left the camp about 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon in a boat, going down stream. A watch on one of the men which stopped at 1:45 o'clock indicated the drownings occurred shortly after the trio left the camp. The boat and the bodies were a quarter of a mile down the river from the camp.
Anxiety was felt at the camp Sunday night and early today Mrs. Fischer went to the nearby logging camp of M. C. Livingston to appeal for help in a search. Squire Stone and Ed Hahn went with her to the river and soon afterwards found the boat and discovered the body of the girl near the shore. Word was sent to Plains for help and equipment to drag the river. The mens bodies were recovered late today.
One report was that the girl and Hagerman clasped fishing rods, and there was one report that it was evident that Fischer lost his life in attempting a rescue, but this report was no verified.
The Thompson river is a small stream at this time of the year, but had numerous deep holes, and is treacherous in places.
The bodies were brought to the Parkhurst mortuary here, and coroner Zella Parkhurst is making a investigation.
Mr. Hagerman formerly was a Northern Pacific signal maintainer at St. Regis, but is retired. He and Mrs. Hagerman have a cabin on the Thompson river.
Recently Mr. Fischer and Mr. Fortier opened a electrical shop here, but Mr. Fortier retired from the firm and had returned to Missoula. Mr. Fischer had formerly been employed by the Montana Power company in Missoula. It is reported that later Mr. Fortier was employed by the Missoula Brewing company.
Oliver Joseph Fortier (1894 - 1965)
Mildred Van Dilla Fudge Fortier (1914 - 1993)
Mountain View Cemetery
Plot: Section 23, Block 2, Lot 1
Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Nov 16, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9909629