Robert Preusyger

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Thursday, November 9, 1911

Blind Boy Is Dead

Robert Pruesger Called Away Yesterday, Resulting From Cerebral Hemorrhage - Body Be Taken to Kendrick Today for Burial.

Robert Pruesger, the little blind boy who for three months has found a hospitable home at the Bollinger Hotel, died at twelve o'clock yesterday, the result of cerebral hemorrhage. He succumbed two hours after the attack, with peace on his face and without pain. With him at the time were Tom McGrane, the lad's closest friend during his illness here, and Dr. Messman. Dr. White had also been called when it was realized that the boy's condition was critical. The physicians, upon diagnosing the attack, knew the patient could not recover. Word was sent to the boy's father, Robert Pruesger, St. (sic), of Nezperce, and the latter reached here last evening, arranging to take the remains to Kendrick this morning where interment will take place.

The boy's illness had been the result of a fall from a horse four years ago when the family resided in the Kooskia section. Partial paralysis resulted and for a long period the patient was placed in a plaster of paris cast. Still latter his injuries resulted in blindness and he was sent to Juliaetta for medical treatment. Three months ago, he was brought here for treatment, James McGrave, proprietor of the Bollinger Hotel, kindly offering him accommodations while Drs. White, Randall, Mossman and Clarke as kindly volunteered medical services toward the end of restoring the sight. The little fellow was given the most considerate attention at all times by the hotel employees, and as well became popular with all guests. Despite his afflictions, he maintained a cheerful disposition to the last, and it was not unlike a strain of pleasant music to hear his familiar voice in the hotel corridors, replying to some friend: "I'm feeling fine, Sir, fine, thank you." He was about the hotel Tuesday, apparently in usual health, but yesterday morning, he was not inclined to leave his room, and a short time later the attack came that carried him away.

[Buried in Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston]

Contributed by Bailey

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