MILLER, Harley

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MILLER, Harley (c. 1916-1926)

In the News~

July 8, 1926 [Santa Ana Register] “Boy drowned at Catalina Island. Los Angeles, July 8. — Hardy Miller, 11, was drowned at the Isthmus of Catalina Island, according to a sheriff's report here. The boy and a companion were in a small boat when it broke loose and drifted out to sea. At the mercy of the waves, both jumped into the water. The Miller boy, unable to swim, went under, despite efforts of his young companion to keep him afloat. The child was pulled from the water a few minutes later, but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.”

July 14, 1926 [TI/Avalon]: “A sad case of drowning took place at Catalina Harbor on Tuesday of last week, as told in the daily press. Harley Miller, age 10, pupil in a private summer camp school, was the victim. According to the story told by the camp management, it was childish fear of possible punishment for infraction of the rules that drove the lad to his death. The boy, in violation of the rules against going into the water unaccompanied by an instructor, stole away with the company canoe and started paddling in a small bay near shore about 9 o’clock. Alarmed by the shout of his friends on the bank warning him that he had been detected, the Miller boy, in his excitement, flung himself overboard and sank to his death in six feet of water. An inquest was held in Los Angeles which resulted in the camp authorities being absolved of blame for the drowning.”