Eleven Year Old Turley Boy Breaks Neck


Creswick Roy was a grandson of Theodore Turley.  He was the son of Jacob Omner Turley and Louisa Ann Woodhouse.  Ray was born 12 July 1896 in Boise, Idaho and died there, 15 May 1906.

From Santa Fe New Mexican, Saturday, 19 May 1906; page 8:
ELEVEN YEAR OLD BOY BREAKS NECK–Brother of Jay Turley of This City Meets This Awful Fate at Boise, Idaho.–Ray Turley, the 11-year-old brother of Jay Turley, United States deputy surveyor of this city, was instantly killed in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday evening of last week, while at play. With several companions the little fellow was playing around the house and had climbed into the top branches of a high walnut tree in the yard. Some way he lost his balance and fell to the ground, breaking his neck. The sorrowful intelligence was received by Mr. Turley this forenoon.

His brother Joseph wrote:
“My youngest brother Cresley Roy was born July 12, 1896, and was killed when he fell from a boxelder tree on May 15, 1906. He came in from play one day and stood watching our mother wash clothes on an old-fashioned washboard and finally burst out saying, “Ma, I hear people whining and complaining all the time. I don’t live in that kind of a world. I live in a beautiful world!”  So may we all. God bless you all.

Box Elder, May 24, 1906
Creswick, the 10-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. O. Turley of this city, fell from the branches of a tree last Tuesday evening, breaking his neck and crushing his skull.
The unfortunate lad was playing in the branches of one of the shade trees in the lot when he lost his balance and fell to the ground, killing him instantly.

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2 Responses to Eleven Year Old Turley Boy Breaks Neck

  1. KTC says:

    What a sad story!

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