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Meyer, Frederick 1870-1890


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 4/27/2013 at 18:44:22

Postville Review, 1 Nov. 1890.


Fred Meyer, a brother of Carl Meyer, in the employ of J. W. Ward & Co., was found dead last Sunday afternoon, a short distance from his home a few miles this side of Elkader. He took his gun in the morning and went to the grove to shoot squirrels. About four o'clock in the afternoon a neighboring woman discovered him lying by the side of a wire fence dead, the bullet having passed entirely through the head. It is supposed that he got through the fence and pulling the rifle through after him accidently discharged it with this fatal result. He was about twenty years of age and a very steady, upright young man. It is a terrible calamity and another warning to all persons using firearms.

--Submitter is not related.

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Added by Audrey Haught on 9/3/2017:

Accidentally Shot.
Last Sunday morning Frederick Meyer, son of Mrs. F. Meyer, residing north of Elkader, took a rifle and went out squirrel hunting. About 1 o’clock Mrs. Bonnert, a neighbor who had been visiting with the Meyer family, was returning home, and when about a quarter of a mile distant she discovered his body lying beside the road and an examination showed that he was dead. She hastened to inform the family of the sad occurrence, and soon a number of neighbors were at hand. Everything pointed to the fact that the young man was returning home from his hunting trip and had got over the wire fence and evidently pulled the gun after him, when it was discharged. The bullet, a 32-calibre, entered his head just below the right temple, coming out on top of his head and passing through his hat, undoubtedly killing him instantly. Coroner Kriebs held an inquest Monday, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

Deceased was an industrious young man, quiet and peaceable in his habits, and had the respect and esteem of all who knew him. Since the death of his father some years since he has had the management of the farm, and has been the mainstay of his aged mother and of his brothers and sisters, and his sudden death is a great shock to them. He was 20 years of age last May.

The funeral took place at noon yesterday, his remains being laid beside those of his father, in the east side cemetery.

Card of Thanks.
The undersigned return their sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who assisted them in their recent bereavement.
Mrs. F. Meyer and Family.

Elkader Register: October 30, 1890
Burial: Eastside Cemetery, Elkader, Iowa
Father: Frederick died in 1884


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