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4.   August 17, 1958:  Clarence Clawson, 32, drowned  about 200 feet from the beach as he climbed down off the lake side of the north pier to retrieve a piece of lumber he saw floating in the water.  There were 3-4 foot waves breaking.  The Coast Guard believed that he had stepped into a hole left by recent pier repairs.  Others think he may have slipped on the rocks or had a cramp.


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