The Missoulian   August 3, 1910
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POLLEYS DIES WHEN TREE FALLS

Prominent Young Business Man Is Killed
in Woods Near Tammany

PASSES AWAY ON TRAIN

While Returning to Railroad Station from Fighting Fires. Trunk Falls Without Warning
on Leader of Crew, Crushing His Skull -Graduate of University.

    William Hovey Polleys Hovey Polleys he was to all Missoula was killed yesterday in the woods near Tammany, a station on the Coeur d'Alene branch of the Northern Pacific. He was returning from fighting a fire that threatened the timberland owned by the Polleys Lumber company of which he was the youngest member, and was struck on the head by a falling tree. The accident happened at 11:30 and at 1:40 the young man died on a train that was rushing toward Missoula where his father E. H. Polleys awaited him. A telegram from the train told of his death.
    Hovey Polleys, young, handsome, strong, debonaire, had hundreds of friends. Three years ago he graduated from the University of Montana and since then he has been traveling as a salesman for the company of which he was afterward made a member. Thus he made friends in every city and town of Montana. As a university student he was popular. He had a winning way that was not to be resisted, a great heart that shone from his eyes, an optimism that nothing could change. He was still a young man from 1882 to 1910 is not so long but he had made his mark already as a clever, capable, honest business man.

THE ACCIDENT

    The accident happened as Polleys was returning with a crew from fighting fires. The party was coming along the trail, when a tree crashed down without warning whatsoever and struck him up against another tree. His skull was fractured by the blow. His only other injury was a cut lip. The accident happened at an opportune moment as the Coeur d'Alene train was just due. Members of the party flagged the train at Tammany, and it was backed up to the scene of the accident. Polleys was placed on board the train there, and 10 minutes later was under the care of Dr. Jones of Saltese. Everything that could be done to revive him was resorted to at once but with no avail, as he never regained consciousness. The accident happened at 11:30 and he died at 1:40, just as the train was pulling into Iron Mountain. The body was taken to the Marsh undertaking establishment.
    The accident was made doubly sad by the fact that Polleys was coming down to take the train for Missoula to assist his father in staking out the lumber yard for the new mill here.
    Funeral services will be held here at the home of Mrs. Live Rankin on Madison street at 4 o'clock this afternoon. The body will be taken to Melrose for burial in the family cemetery on No. 2 on the Northern Pacific this afternoon. The services will be in charge of the local Masonic lodge of which he was a member.

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