Jamesburg, NJ Boy Killed In Fall From Tree, June 1914


Jamesburg, June 22. -- Interment was made this morning at Hoboken, in the family plot of the remains of EDWARD O'BRIEN, aged 12, the inmate of the State Home for Boys at this place, who died at St. Peters Hospital, New Brunswick, from injuries received while climbing a tall tree at the Home farm.
Many wild rumors were afloat Saturday, about the town that the youth had been knocked insensible from the top of the tree by a stone thrown by a companion in anger, but these was all discredited by Superintendent John C. Kalleen.
The boy was injured in a fall from the tree and suffered a fracture of the skull. He was hurried to the hospital at New Brunswick and died following an operation, performed by Dr. Frank M. Donohue, the president of the Board of Trustees of the Home.
When the accident happened State Commissioner Beyers and the mother of the boy were summoned and they were all satisfied that the boy had accidentally fallen from the high limb that he had climbed.
He was engaged in tending the sheep and when his companion left him to round up the herd the O'BRIEN boy climbed the tree to watch the movements of his companion. On the return of the boy, who went after the sheep that strayed off, the youth was found under the tree, cut and bruised from coming in contact with several branches in his descent. The O'BRIEN boy fell about forty feet and landed on his head. His face was badly scratched and cut.

New Brunswick Times New Jersey 1914-06-22