Teddy Neeley

RAY — Saturday evening of last week a sad accident occurred near Littleton, which resulted in the death of Teddy Neeley, a 12-year-old son of Mrs. Anna Neeley. The unfortunate lad, in company with three companions, Clarence Powell, Rollo Hoffer and Willie Bryan, were hunting rabbits on Wm. Lambert's farm near Littleton. Teddy was on a brush pile trying to start a rabbit when a single barrel shot gun in the hands of Willie Bryan was accidentally discharged, the entire load taking effect in the back part of Neeley's leg at the knee joint. The bones and flesh were horribly mangled and the life blood of the lad flowed freely. He was carried to the Lambert home and Dr. Schenk, of Littleton, was summoned. He succeeded in stopping the flow of blood and sent for Drs. Ball and Harvey to assist him in amputating the limb. They reached the boy's bedside at 9 o'clock, but were too late to render aid, as the loss of blood and shock from the terrible injury was more than the little form could endure, and the end came while the physicians were preparing to perform an operation. The affair has cast a gloom over the entire community and the heart-broken mother and bereft brother have the heart-felt sympathy of all. Oh, parent! why will you permit your dear boys to handle such dangerous weapons? Wake up before it is too late; your boy may be next. You would not wilfully destroy the life of your darling boy! But you are permitting them to run a risk of their lives when you permit them to handle such dangerous weapons as shot guns!


Published in the Astoria Search Light on 2/12/1903


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