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 Gerard Linsley Bayles

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Gerard Linsley Bayles

Birth
East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 24 Aug 1923 (aged 24)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Plot Section 24, Block 11, Lot 11, Plot 8
Memorial ID 30879889 View Source
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PENN STATE GETS GIFT OF $1.4 MILLION

What a legacy for a young mining engineer to leave 62 years after his death. Yes a young woman who knew Gerard at Penn State thought him a good enough friend to make this bequest in the 1921 Penn State grad's memory.

Gerard had a stellar reputation as a tennis player in Easton, PA as well as second Mandolin Player in the Easton High School Mandolin Club.

While at Penn State he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and his Draft Registration Card shows him registering 6 Sep 1918 with the local Board of the city of Easton, PA. He played Varsity Tennis and belonged to the Tennis Club, was also a member of the Mining Society and Lehigh-Northampton Country Club.

Gerard and a friend (Aaron Polk) were traveling from North Butte, Montana to Ray, Arizona for a job change on 28 July 1923. Seems Mr. Polk was enjoying shooting gophers with a revolver, out the car window, while Gerard drove. An accidental shot was fired into the car hitting Gerard in the right side and damaging his backbone. Complications arose after surgery, besides being paralyzed from the waist down, and death was caused by Uremic poisoning on 24 August 1923.

Gerard's father Lewis C. Bayles was at Gerard's bed side from August 4th to the end.

Based on "THE MORNING CALL" Allentown, PA. Sunday, Aug 26, 1923 pg 10
"Centre Daily Times", State College, PA, 14 Jan 1985, pg 1
Various year books


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