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John C. Boyle

Birth
Salem, Richardson County, Nebraska, USA
Death 25 Oct 1912 (aged 25)
Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Plot N 6- 12- 4
Memorial ID 84956932 · View Source
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Republican Paper

John C. Boyle, one of the most popular and highly respected young men of Pawnee City meets death instantly among electric light wires.

The Community was shocked Friday by the sudden death of Johnnie Boyle. For several weeks the city had been replacing the old electric Light wires with new ones, and at the time of his death Mr. Boyles was assisting in this work. He had climbed a pole near the light plant to cut a wire. In reaching over, instead of under, for it, his body came in contact with a live wire from which the insulation had worn off, and his shirt, wet with perspiration touched the wire. As his nippers cut through the wire it made a short circuit and day current being on, 1,100 volts of electricity passed through his body killing him instantly and burning his left side just below and a little to the left of his heart. Drs. Brook and Waddell were summoned and while they could detect no signs of life, they did all they could to resuscitate him employing artificial respiration, injecting powerful stimulants and working for over an hour without any indication of success.

Son of Eugene D. & Alice Helen Thayer Boyle.
(Pawnee Library, book of obits in the Pawnee Republican.)

(Posted courtesy of the Table Rock Historical Society.)

Table Rock Argus, Nov. 7, 1912.

JOHN C. BOYLE

Many of Mr. Boyle's friends here were shocked last Friday afternoon when they learned of his sudden death at Pawnee City/ He was employed by the electric light company of that place and had climbed a pole near the light plant to cut a wire. In reaching over instead of under for it, his body came in contact with a live wire from which the insulation had worn off, and his shirt, wet with perspiration, touched the wire. As his nippers cut through the other wire it made a short circuit and the day current being on 1100 volts of electricity passed through his body killing him instantly. The coroner's jury pronounced the death an accidental and exonerated any person from blame.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church, to which he belonged, and being a member of the A. O. U. W. that fraternity assisted Rev. L. B. Parker with the services.

He was born at Salem, Nebraska, August 5, 1887 and died October 25, 1912. John Boyle was a man of fine character and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He leaves a mother and sister to mourn his death.


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  • Created by: Luella Hinrichsen
  • Added: 13 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84956932
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John C. Boyle (5 Aug 1887–25 Oct 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84956932, citing Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Luella Hinrichsen (contributor 47218988) .