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Sad Death of Chester Crawford

A very sad accident occurred last Thursday afternoon at Belpre when Chester Crawford, a young man of nineteen, was accidentally shot and instantly killed. Crawford and his uncle, Harry Tuttle, a boy of fifteen, had been out hunting together. Upon their return Crawford had unhitched and taken the horse to the barn.

Young Tuttle was taking the shells out of the Winchester repeating shotgun when one was accidentally discharged. Just at that instant Chester Crawford returning from the barn came around the end of a straw stock and received the full charge of shot in the right breast. He cried out “I am shot,” and staggered about twenty feet and fell dead.

The killing was purely an accident, as there was no carelessness in handling the gun, and Harry Tuttle was alone at the time he started to unload the gun. He knew nothing of his uncle’s presence until he appeared from behind the stack just at the time the gun was discharged.
Chester Clifford Crawford was born in Morton county, Kansas, November 29, 1887. In 1892 he moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Crawford, to Edwards county, where he has lived since.

He was a young man of exemplary character, beloved by all his acquaintances. He was very industrious and a young man of moral habits, and was never found in bad company. He was greatly beloved by his brothers and sisters and was a son on whom the parents could always rely. The sympathy of the community is extended to the father and mother and the four sisters and four brothers, in the time of their sorrow.

The funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Baptist church at Belpre by Rev. F. R. Emerson, pastor of the Christian church at Macksville. The interment was made in the Macksville cemetery.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Thursday, November 24, 2005 20:25:41

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