Miraculous, indeed. From the November 10, 1899 Skidmore Standard, page 1:
Fell Twenty Feet
Quay, the seven year old son of Mrs. A. W. Sewell, fell from the top of W. J. Skidmore’s building, a distance of twenty feet or more, Tuesday afternoon about five o’clock, and, strange to say, has no broken bones as a result of the fall. He struck on a broad board and was bruised considerably but otherwise was not injured. The accident occurred while he, with some of his playmates, was playing on the roof of the building occupied by J. M. French & Co., and were indulging in the dangerous pastime of leaping from one building to the other. Quay leaped but failed to get a foothold on the new building and fell to the earth. His escape from death seems miraculous.