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Ernest Grover Darneille
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1886
Josephine County
Oregon, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1922
Jackson County
Oregon, USA

He went by his middle name, Grover.

1900 U.S. Census for Wolf Creek Precinct, Josephine Co., Oregon: [Darneille]
H L Darnielle M 40 yrs, b. April 1860 Oregon
Wife Martha Darnielle F 32 yrs, b. Feb. 1868 Iowa
Son Herbert Darnielle M 16 yrs, b. April 1884 Oregon
Son Grover Darnielle M 14 yrs. b. July 1886 Oregon
Dghtr Mabel Darnielle F 9 yrs, b. May 1891 Calif.
Dghtr Maud Darnielle F 6 yrs, b. Nov. 1894 Calif.
Son Ralph Darnielle M 4 yrs, b. Dec. 1896 Oregon
Dghtr Lulu Darnielle F 2 yrs, b. Dec. 1898 Oregon

Hynson married Martha ca 1885. His father was b. in KY and his mother in Indiana. Martha's father was b. KY and her mother, Illinois. Hynson and Martha had 6 children, all living. Hynson was an edger at a sawmill.

1910 U.S. Census for South Jacksonville, Jackson Co., Oregon:
Grover Darnielle M 23y California
WIFE Basha Darnielle F 21y Oregon
DAU Wilda Darnielle F 2y Oregon

1920 U.S. Census for Jackson Co., OR:
Grover Darneille M 33y Oregon
WIFE Basha Darneille F 31y Oregon
DAU Wilda Darneille F 11y Oregon
SON Donald Darneille M 4y Oregon

Unfortunately, this is the last census Grover in which he is listed as he died two years later.


Grover Darneille, 35 years of age, and one of the oldest linemen for the California-Oregon Power company, from a standpoint of service, was killed instantly this morning at 8:10 o'clock when he fell 40 feet from a pole at
the corner of North Central and Jackson street.

Work on the new pole was just complete, all the lines having been fastened to the insulators and Darneille had just unsnapped his safety belt preparatory to coming down the pole. He had hold of the pole with one hand and was about to attach the loose end of the safety belt to his belt. In order to do this it is necessary to change the hold on the pole from one hand to the other. Just before changing his grip, his hand slipped and his climbers held fast. He was leaning from the pole and as his feet were held in a stationary position by the climbers, he fell head first, his feet remaining stationary until his head had reached a lower level and had pulled the spikes of the climbers from their seat in the wooden pole.

He struck the cement sidewalk on Central Ave., 40 feet below head first and was killed instantly. The fellow workers on Frank Stinson's crew rushed to his aid, nothing could be done. One man was coming down the pole at the
time of the fall and Darneille fell past him while another of his fellow workers was close to the base of the pole and took several quick steps in an effort to catch him before he struck the ground.

No lines closer than 20 feet to Darneille were carrying a charge of electricity and the accident is therefore not attributed in any way to an electric shock. Darneille was one of the company's best linemen and had been climbing poles for years.

The work was being done early in the morning in order to inconvenience none of the persons whose power was cut off and the new pole was set in order to allow the northwest street corner of Central to be cut off so that the
intersection might be enlarged.

Darneille is survived by a widow and two children. He was protected by the Workmen's Compensation Act, the benefit of which his relatives will receive and was a member of the local Elks' and K. P. lodges. It is understood that he also carried some additional life insurance.

(Published in "Medford (Oregon) Mail Tribune," Saturday, 24 June 1922, p. 1, c. 2; thanks to Elizabeth Corethers for transcribing the article.)
Family links: 
  Hynson Lane Darneille (1860 - 1938)
  Martha Angeline Sanders Darneille (1868 - 1946)

To Know Him Was To Love Him

Eastwood IOOF Cemetery
Jackson County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: J.D. Larimore
Originally Created by: Larry Moore
Record added: Feb 23, 2010
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Ernest Grover Darneille
Added by: Larry Moore
Ernest Grover Darneille
Added by: J.D. Larimore
Ernest Grover Darneille
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Rest in eternal peace
- Emily Morris
 Added: Feb. 9, 2014
Rest in Peace, Cousin Grover
- J.D. Larimore
 Added: Sep. 8, 2012

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