Newspaper accounts of the day and an official Purdue history have differing deductions for the death’s physical cause that occurred during the chaotic traditional battle under a water tank.
A recent article for Traces Magazine (Indiana Historical Society) charged that there is evidence of a coverup back in 1913 as to the precise cause of Obenchain’s death.
Leggett died in a fall into a steep gorge while on a walk in the dark required by fraternity members.
Family claims that Leggett was blindfolded were disputed by the chapter.
He died Sunday, September 27th, and was buried in Wareham the following Wednesday, the entire class attending the funeral, together with representatives of other classes and of the faculty. (However, the custom was started again soon after but called another name).21) 1908 WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Massachusetts Freshman-sophomore class hazing “…A rush which took place on the evening of September 22, 1908, on the common, resulted in the death of Emil S.(Ernie) Grau, of Wareham, a member of the Class of 1911.6) 1899 Cornell University (New York) Kappa Alpha Society Pledge Edward F.Berkeley drowned while completing a pledging errand.