Merced Express, May 20, 1948


Roy Clyde Poor, 48 years old Merced crane operator, was electrocuted Tuesday morning when the boom rig he was operating struck an electrical wire reportedly carrying 12,ooo volts.

Poor was operating the crane while installing a pump on the Ramsey Ranch at the Merced River on Shaffer Road when the tip of the boom clipped the power wire which had been unobserved since it was hidden in the trees.

Officials of the Shannon Tractor Company, for which Poor worked, say that two inspections prior to the mishap had failed to locate the wire and they believed the territory free from electrical hazards.

He was working with Max Ernest and Hugh Drury, both of Merced, on the job at the same time of the accident.

Poor was rushed to a Merced hospital by Hann Brothers Ambulance and fire department and hospital officials worked with a resusicator(sic) for more than an hour before the fight was given up.

Poor was a native of Mariposa County and had lived in either Merced or Mariposa county all of his life.

He owns a small farm in Mariposa County and is a former miner and oil truck driver there.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Esma McNally Poor of Merced, three sons, Roger, Ronald and Rodney Poor all of Merced; two brothers, Carl Poor and W. B. Welch both of Stockton, and three sisters, Mrs. Esther Owen and Mrs. Kathryn Jenkins, both of Hughson, and Mrs. Hallie Stevens of San Jose.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Hann Brothers Mortuary here with burial at the Plainsburg Cemetery.

Contributed by: Carol Lackey