When Robert Harold Stanley was born on October 7, 1901, in Missouri, his father, William, was 25 and his mother, Edith, was 21. He had one brother. He died in a tragic accident as a teenager on October 5, 1916, in Carthage, Missouri, and was buried there.
BOY IS KILLED BY AUTO TRUCK THIS AFTERNOON
Harold Stanley Falls Under Wheels of Machine
MEETS INSTANT DEATH
Former Press Carrier Boy Was Soon to Enter Wentworth Military Academy
Harold Stanley, 15-year-old son of Mrs. Edith Stanley, of 421 Walnut street, was instantly killed shortly after 2 o'clock this afternoon by being run over by a large auto truck owned by the Griswold Grocery company and driven by George Tabler. The distressing tragedy occurred on West Fourth Street, just west of the intersection of Maple.
According to Tabler, the Stanley boy has on various occasions, ridden with him on the truck and this afternoon he saw Stanley standing at the corner of Fourth and Maple streets and the boy called to him that he wanted to go with him. Tabler says he slowed down and Stanley ran out into the street and took a few steps along by the front of the truck and said "come, let's go," indicating that he was ready for the driver to go faster.
The truck is a right-hand drive and Tabler was on the side farthest away from the boy, but supposed when Stanley said to go ahead, that the boy was safely on the step. The next he knew the lad had fallen under the truck. Tabler applied the brakes and the boy's body was dragged several feet and when the big truck came to a stop the hind wheel was on top of the boy's head.
According to rev. W. K. Eubank, who was a witness, the circumstances were substantially as related by Tabler. Mr. Eubank saw the tragedy and heard the boy call out something to the driver of the truck, but did not hear what was said. He saw the boy run along the side of the car, take hold of the machine and attempt to reach the step with his right foot. The boy continued to run along by the side of the car and apparently made a second attempt to put his foot on the step, missed it and got his foot caught in the front wheel, the wheel passing over his chest and the car coming to a stop with the hind wheel directly on the lad's head. According to Mr. Eubank, the boy never uttered a sound and death must have been instantaneous.
The body [details omitted]. The remains were taken to the Ulmer undertaking parlors, a block from the scene of the tragedy.
The driver of the truck, George Tabler, stands well with his employers and, according to the manager of the firm, was considered a very careful driver. He has been employed by the firm since the first of the year, coming here from Jasper. He is unmarried and rooms at the Y.M.C.A. He was greatly overcome by the accident and another driver was put in charge of the machine.
Harold Stanley was a boy who was liked by all who knew him. He was intelligent far beyond his years and spent a great deal of his time in reading and studying. He was carrier boy for the PRESS for about four years and was one of the best boys the PRESS ever had. His mother had just completed arrangements for sending him to the Wentworth Military Academy.
He is survived by the mother and one brother, his father having died several years ago.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow at the home. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.
An inquiry into the accident will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Ulmer undertaking establishment.
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
PLOT Traditional Sector Bl 22 Lot 2 Sp 3
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