Bowers, J. C. 1841 - 1897
Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 12/22/2020 at 10:45:17
Source: Decorah Republican Dec. 2, 1897 P 9 C 6
Accidental Shooting near New Hampton.
Gazette. Our city was thrown into a wild state of excitement this morning when the news was spread that J. C. Bowers was dead. He and his son, Ray, went out rabbit hunting yesterday about 11 o'clock, east of the city. Along in the afternoon Mr. Bowers used up all his shells and took Ray's gun and the boy went home. His father told him he would be home ere long. As he did not return the family alarmed some of the neighbors and Ray and some of the others went out to search for him. Not succeeding they come to town and others went in search. At about 4 o'clock this morning Ed. Hewitt, Ed Sheffield and Ray Bowers found his body lying beside a log just in the edge of the timber one mile northeast of the city. From all appearances it seems that he had stepped onto the log and had slipped and fell and in trying to recover himself the hammer of the gun caught on the log and he caught the muzzle of the gun in his hands and the contents of one barrel were discharged striking him under the chin and passing upwards blew the entire left side of his head off. About two years ago his son, Edward, was accidentally killed near the same place while out hunting.
Transcriber’s Note: Find a Grave shows he was born in 1841 and died Nov. 26, 1897. He is buried in the New Hampton Cemetery.
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