While it was great to see all the past Pro drivers at Lake Depue , I had to wonder with all the history at the reunion , has anybody ever left anything at the bottom of Lake Depue. I will start it off with a piece that was saved.
For ten years I worked a tow boat at all the Pro races at DePue. During a Hydro race a piece of the cowl on Pete Voss' hydro blew off, we had a pretty good idea where it was , but by the time the heat had ended it had already sunk to the merky depths of the Lake. After the racing was complete for the day , we went back out with a diver , a pole ,and a piece of rope. We stopped the boat about where the piece blew off and made a loop in the rope , slid it on the bottom of the pole then stuck the pole in the bottom of the lake. The driver would go down and hold on to the rope and swim in a circle on the bottom feeling with his free hand. When he almost had completed the circle we would tap on the bottom of the jonboat with a hammer, he would release a little of the rope and start over in a circle again. At the end of the rope he would come up and we would move the boat alittle and try again. It took us about 4 hours and 2 days before the diver finally came across the piece about 40 yards from where it originally blew off. I cant remember for sure but it may have been Diane Murray in the boat with me.