|William Tait painting|
Finally, spring dawned, the snow cleared and the lake was once again full with pine bark and dug out canoes. Men, women, and children ventured out of their cabins to catch fresh trout. Spring flew into June and David Keller Jr and William Knowlton, a boy whose family had arrived the previous fall, were playing along the lake shore on a massive rock near the Keller property. William was chasing David around the rock, a dangerous but exciting game, daring one another to move closer to the edge. During one chase, while on the south side of the rock, David’s foot slipped off the landing into the water striking a log buried in the muck. He peered down, and what he saw made him freeze in horror.