SUBHEAD: ROY SKINNER AND IRA TEEPLES INSTANTLY KILLED LAST SATURDAY
One of those tragedies which drop like a bolt from a clear sky and stir to the depths the people of a whole countryside, occured Saturday afternoon at a gravel pit near Commerce which was being worked by men in the employ of the county road commission. By the sudden caving of a 30-foot bank Roy Skinner of West Highland and Ira Teeples of Commerce were buried under more than ten feet of gravel and probably instantly killed.
The accident happened soon after one o'clock. Several men were at various tasks in the vincinity preparatory to starting up the machinery for the afternoon's work. Teeples and Skinner had no particular reason for going near the bank, it is said, unless they had in mind caving it down. Color is given the later idea from the fact that one had a pick and the other a bar. But why they should attempt -if they did- to begin the caving at the highest point - contrary to all custom - cannot be figured out.
No one saw the accident, but the slide was discovered within less than five minutes and as the two men were no-where to be found, it seemed almost certain that they were buried under it. This proved to be true. Clearing away the slide began at once but it was nearly two hours before the men were found. Both bodies were in an upright position. They were several feet from the bottom of the slide and had apparently surmounted some of the earth before being overwhelmed by the mass. There seems to be no blame attached to anyone for the accident.
Bothe men were regarded by fellow employees as being the most careful men in the gang. Roy, especially, had been heard to express himself as fearful of earthslides and caveins. How and why they should get into such a dangerous position will remain a mystery. Coroner Farmer was called and the bodies brought to the Holmes undertaking rooms at Milford. It is announced that a coroner's inquest will be held at the court house, Pontiac, on Saturday morning. Jurors impaneled are John Long, Harold McCormick, Joseph Long, Harry Copper, Frank McCormick and Clare Hayes.
Roy Walter Skinner. the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Skinner, was born at the farm home of his parents near Highland on May 16, 1885. He attended scholl at Hickory Ridge and after finishing school assisted his father on the farm where most of his life was spent. On April 4, 1917 he was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Lockwood. To them have been born three sons, Roy Marshall aged 8, Donald F. aged 6 and Charles Eldon aged 4. Two years after his marriage he moved from his father's farm to one of his own nearby which has since been his home. About middle of March las he began work on the county road crew, and while at this work met the accident which took his life.
Mr. Skinner's home life was ideal. He was a kind and loving husband and father, a devoted and loving son. Beside his wife snd children he leaves his parents and two brothers, Floyd and Clifford of Kalamazoo and an adopted sister, Minnie Holland. He was a man who had many friends and was universally respected.
Ira Teeples was unmarried and lived alone near Commerce. He leaves two sister, Mrs. Henry Stowe of New Hudson and Mrs. Albert Richardson of Commerce and three brothers. Will of Detroit, Albert and John of Commerce. Another brother, Ora Teeples, likewise met a tragic fate as the victim of a hunting accident at Howell in the fall of 1922. The deceased had always lived in Comerce and vincity and was well known and respected. His age was 48 years and 2 months.