KEARNEY, James 1894-1913
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/12/2016 at 15:06:30
Grundy Man Killed
Former Grundy Young Man Accidentally Killed
James Kearney Loses Life While Rabbit Hunting
James Kearney of Waterloo was accidentally shot Sunday afternoon while out rabbit hunting. The young man died a few hours after the accident.
In company with his brother, Joe, and Arthur Knapp, another Waterloo young man, the deceased left Waterloo Saturday night. Arriving at Winthrop they were met by Dick Gaffney and the party then went to the Gaffney home south of the town. About noon Sunday they started out on a rabbit hunt and had progressed about three-quarters of a mile from the house, when a rabbit ran out ahead of them. The little animal disappeared into a hole near a fence.
The accidental discharge of a shotgun followed a few minutes later, just how and whose gun it was none of the men in the party seem to know. The full charge of shot and wads was received by Kearney in the left side of the abdomen.
The injured lad displayed marvelous nerve under the circumstances. He was taken to the Gaffney home and a physician called to attend his wound. It was soon known that he would not survive and a priest was called to administer the last rites. Shortly after 6 o'clock he passed away.
James Kearney was born in Grundy county nineteen years ago. Twelve years ago the family moved to Waterloo where they have since resided. Of late the young man has held a good position in a grocery store in Waterloo.
The remains were sent to this city today where they were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery. The young man is survived by his father, two sisters and one brother.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 January 1913
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