From a 1940 Glasgow Times newspaper:
“The tragic death of Oren Groce, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Ray Groce, of rural Glasgow, came as a shock to the many friends of the Groce family in Barren County. Young Groce died at the Samson Community Hospital here Monday afternoon as the result of injuries received when a tree fell on him Saturday.
“The accident occurred Saturday around 8 am when young Groce, his father, and 3 brothers were cutting some timber at their farm near Boyds Creek on the Tompkinsville Road. The young man was injured when the tree fell back on him after striking another tree, crushing both his legs and pinning him underneath.
“The tree had to be sawed in two before the Groce boy could be removed from beneath. Both legs were badly crushed and he suffered internal injuries. The young man suffered intense pain and little hope was held for his recovery from the outset.
“Besides his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Ewell, Chester, Elbert, and Clifton; two sisters, Doris and Maymie Ruth, all at home.
“Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 pm at the Groce home, the Rev. Ernest L. Dixon in charge. Interment followed in the Groce Cemetery near Oleoak.”
AN: I was told by a family member that Oren was supposed to stay at home that day, because of the danger of the job, but he slipped off from home to follow his father and brothers. The Groce family farm is off of Hwy 63 (Tompkinsville Road) on the Willie Groce Road. But according to one family legend I had heard, this incident actually happened near the Groce Cemetery, on some land they were clearing. I never talked to any of the ones directly involved about what happened that day, but it was a tragic situation all the way around.