Photo by Jan Thompson
Former Mammoth Spring agriculture teacher Charles French presents agriculture instructor Denny Young and Dorothy Ashbrook with a plaque honoring her late son, Steven Vaughn, Oct. 11. Vaughn died last year while fishing in the Spring River. The death was ruled accidental. From left are, Ashbrook, French and Young.
MAMMOTH SPRING -- Former Mammoth Spring agriculture instructor Charles French recently presented Mammoth Spring High School agriculture instructor Denny Young with a plaque in honor of one of his former students who died in a tragic fishing trip last year.
Steven Vaughn, 20, and his grandfather were fishing near the Bayou Access Sept. 12, 2006, when Vaughn stood up in the boat, grabbed his neck and fell over the side of the boat.
His body was located in about 12 feet of water near where he fell over the side. His body was sent to the medical examiners office in Little Rock to determine a cause of death. Fulton County Coroner Steve Barker said Oct. 12 that he had received information from the medical examiner's office that the cause of death was accidental.
Vaughn was a 2004 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School and had graduated from heavy equipment training school in Tulsa, Okla., shortly before he died.
"Several years ago when I was ag teacher at the school, the school bought the building for a agriculture shop room. We now had an shop room but no agri classroom," French said.
French said he made it a project in the agri class to design a classroom that would be presented to the school board. "I selected Steven Vaughn and Matt Jewell to draw the designs for the room. Both boys drew their classroom designs and Steven's was selected by the school board as the design to use," French said.
The school board selected the design in 2003 and the building was constructed the following year.
"Steven showed astounding drafting ability and did an outstanding job drawing the plans for the classroom," French said.
French said he introduced Vaughn to drafting and he just took it and ran with it. "He developed most of his skills on his own. He even talked some about going to drafting school and taking up drafting as a career," French said.
The plaque says Vaughn was a student at the school during 2003-2004 and that he played a part in the planning and construction of the current agriculture classroom at the school.
Vaughn's mother, Dorothy Ashbrook, and Young accepted the blue plaque with a deer and fish on it. Young said it will hang inside the classroom.
His mother said he was an avid outdoorsman and would have liked the deer and the fish on the plaque.