Hello Diana, The story of the drowning in Crystal Lake has been fairly documented and told by my grandmother.The most probable year was 1864 in August.There is a fairly lengthy newespaper article on it within days of the accident.There is a short writeup in the McHenry History book, possibly 1880 version. The History book on page 350 says the drowning was in 1867.The boy's name was Michael Dwyer, about 17 years old.He was w/ two other friends out for a swim.The cannon appears to belong to the city from where the newspaper article was written.It was used the next day to try to raise the body.The 2nd time it went off there was a misfire.The article reads, "It appears that eht cannon was charged with an extraaordinary heavy load, and was platned against the bank, with no ????? for recoil.These two facts caused the fatal explosion." The date of the article says August 17, 1864. It's hard to read the name of the newspaper. It could be........Sentinel?Was that the name of an area newspaper in Woodstock?I believe the date of the newspaper article over the History book because it was written the same week as the accident.
The boy's father was John Dwyer and he was the one injured in the misfire.It says the blast struck him on the left side of his head, tearing out his eye and breaking in his skull and cheek bone.They thought he was dead.My grandmother said that it tore off his ear.
His tombstone is in Hartland and the date says 1868 so if that is correct, he lived just under 4 years after his son drowned in 1864.They share the same tombstone.
Michael's body did come to the surface about the next day.This is all I know of Crystal Lake.What type of history does it have?Thank you for your message.