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Harris, Roger died 1898


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 2/3/2013 at 01:21:44

Postville Review, Fri., 15 July 1898.

G. W. Harris' 11 Year Old Boy Accidently Shot.

The people of Postville were shocked last Friday night at learning that Roger Harris had been accidently shot, and that the wound would likely prove fatal. He was driving a mower and supper being called he took a small rifle, which he had in the field for the purpose of trying to shoot a woodchuck, on to the mower, setting the stock on the foot rest and leaning the barrel against his shoulder. The jar of the machinery finally shook it off the rest and it fell the hammer striking the rest as it fell, discharging it. The bullet entered the groin and passing upward, making seven perforations of the bowels. Several physicians were summoned but nothing could be done and Saturday afternoon he passed quietly away with but little pain.

It was a great and sudden blow to the parents and relatives and to the whole community; and the bereaved have the sincerest sympathy of their friends, which embrace the entire people of their acquaintance.

The exact age of Roger Harris was eleven years, three months and four days.

The funeral was held from the residence on Sunday morning and was very largely attended from both town and country. The sermon was by the Rev. Dickensheets and the interment in Minert cemetery, 132 teams being in the procession.


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