In the late summer of 1922, three young people drowned in separate accidents. One died in the Mokelumne River. One died while cooling off in Smith's Lake (today Lodi Lake), and one died trying to escape the heat by dipping into an irrigation canal.
It's not known whether any of them knew how to swim, but accidents like those grabbed front-page headlines in the Lodi Sentinel. They encouraged the community-minded to push for public swimming pools where young people could learn to swim and engage in healthy exercise.