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Dr. H.E. Curry Of Baker Met Tragic Death Last Sunday
Dr. H.E. Currey, a Baker physician and druggist since 1882 was fatally wounded in the mess house of the Regan mine in Rye Valley, 48 miles southeast of Baker, shortly after 10 o’clock Sunday night and died before reaching Baker that night.
Jack M. DeLay, a mining man in company with Dr. Currey had gone to the mine Sunday afternoon. After eating their evening meal in the mess house Mr. and Mrs. DeLay and two other mining employees sat in the dining room while Dr. Currey demonstrated the handling of a large calibre automatic pistol. He, it is said, worked the gun to satisfy himself that it was not loaded and then handed it to DeLay when in some unaccountable manner it was discharged, the ball entering the right leg just below the hip and ranged upward into the body. The injured man was carried three and a half miles to an automobile before starting toward Baker. Dr. Curry was unconscious when place in the car. His death occurred somewhere on the road, but this was unknown to the party until it reached the hospital.
Dr. Currey was known to nearly everyone in southeastern Oregon. He was the proprietor of the Live and Let Live pharmacy on Center street in Baker. He is survived by a widow and two sons.
North Powder News
Saturday, March 27, 1926