Victim of Football at Nezperce Last Saturday Afternoon


Was Popular Yojng Grangeville Athlete and His Demise Generally Mourned

Floyd Gilbert, captain of the Grangeville high school foot ball team, who was injured at Nezperce Saturday in a game with the Nezperce high school team, died Monday morning at 7 oíclock at Moscow, where he was taken for treatment, and the remains were brought to Grangeville that evening for interment.

The young man remained conscious to the end and suffered no pain because of the condition of paralysis brought on by the injury.  The X-ray photographs taken Sunday evening at Moscow show the fourth vertebra to have been fractured and the fifth vertebra dislocated.  The spinal column was severed between these vertebrae and the physicians knew that the end was near and no operation could save the young manís life.  No operation was attempted and he passes peacefully away at 7 oíclock that morning.

Immediately after the accident at Nezperce, Dr. O.A. Jeffreys of that place was summoned for the case.  The examinations made by Doctor Jeffreys Saturday evening and disclosed the nature of the injury and he declined to attempt to make an adjustment, without the aid of the x-ray.  It was then decided to take the patient to Moscow and the trip was made Sunday afternoon.  The young man was accompanied by his mother and Dr. Jeffreys and upon their arrival in Moscow, Dr. C.L. Gritman assisted in the case.

Floyd Gilbert was one of the most popular young men of his home town and was a leader in school athletics.  He entered the Grangeville schools 10 years ago and his class work was most thorough.

The report from Nezperce as related by members of Grangeville team is, that Emory Syron, a Nezperce player, was running with the ball and Gilbert attempted to tackle the runner.  In approaching Syron he plunged thru the air and his head struck Syronís hip.  The momentum of Syronís body resulted in giving Gilbertís neck such a twist that the dislocation and fracture resulted.

The funeral took place Wednesday, and business of all sort was practically at a standstill for a  few hours.



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