A man named John McGruder, a cigar-maker, employed by Joseph Hymer, Paducah, and a member of the cigar-makers' union, slipped overboard from wharfboat No. 2 [in Cairo] this afternoon, and was drowned. Deceased came down on the Fowler on Sunday with the base ball excursion party, and had been drinking hard ever since. The body was not recovered.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 10, 1884
The baseball excursion that's mention is related to the rather interesting Cairo/Charleston game I posted about the other day.