On Saturday night, word was received by Chief Faulds that a sheepherder working for John Robertson had fallen into the reservoir and drown. The chief went out to the scene of the supposed drowning and when he arrived, it turned out that the sheepherder’s body had been found about 150 feet from the reservoir and that he evidently dropped dead from heart failure.
The man’s name was John William Alcorn, aged 26 years. He had been in the employ of the Robertson Ranch since the previous Tuesday. He had recently been a member of the 194th battalion and was discharged as medically unfit.
Coroner Humphries of Lethbridge was notified and he came down and investigated the case and decided that the young man had dropped dead from heart failure. He issued a warrant for the burial, which took place on Monday from S.J. Layton’s Undertaking Parlor.