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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Albert J. Ziv, 40, and his wife were guests of the Curti family at Newman Lake when he challenged Ruth Curti, 16, to a swimming race.

The finish line: a block, or buoy, about 60 feet away. They both plunged in and started plowing through the water.

Curti, an expert swimmer, was up to the challenge. Ziv, apparently, was not.

About 10 feet from the block, Ziv “was suddenly taken with the cramps and sank.” He resurfaced and yelled for help.

Curti turned and swam to his aid. She weighed 120 pounds and he weighed 150. His weight pulled her under, and she found herself “in the unrelenting grasp of a drowning man.” Yet she was able to get him back to the surface. She kept him afloat until two boys with a boat rowed over and pulled Ziv out of the water.

Ziv “rallied” once he was back on shore. 

Curti was credited with one of the “most heroic” rescues in Newman Lake’s history. 

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1536: St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, died in Rome. … 1991: President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.

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