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Title: Obituaries Williamsport IN. Warren Review - Thursday, February 2, 1893 Edition
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Our community was shocked Saturday evening on learning that the little son of Robert Milligan, living on the old Smalley place near Kickapoo, had been accidentally shot and that he could live but a short time. A Review reporter visited the home of the grief stricken parents, Sunday morning and the facts gleaned were substantailly as follows: Mr. Milligan has three children, a girl and two boys, little Georgie, the one who was shot, being almost six years old. With the family also for the past four years lived Oliver Boyer, a youth about fifteen years old, who was greatly attached to the family. The parents were absent from home during the day, leaving the children at home. About 4 p.m. Oliver returned from town and deciding to take a short hunt, got out the breech loading single barrel shotgun and going into the yard just west of the house, proceeded to load it. Hither the children, out of curiosity, followed him, and he states that he cautioned them not to get in front of the gun, lest it should go off and shoot them. In loading those old breechloaders the hammer must be raised in order to allow the shell to be inserted, and it was in the letting down of this, after the loading, that caused the accident. Little Georgie, had in the meantime, gotten fairly in front of the gun, and unobserved. In letting down the hammer, Oliver's finger slipped from it and the gun was discharged; little Georgie received thefull contents fo the charge in his stomach, addomen and hands at a very close range. All was done for the little fellow that possibly could be done, but the wound was only too deadly and his little life went out about one hour after the terrible accident, many of the shot having passed entirely through him. The funeral services were held from the family reisdence at 2 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Hubbard of Attica, after which interment took place in the Attica Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Milligan have the sympathies of all in their sad hour. Nina, the little 5 years old daughter of Briggie and Louis French living just west of this place, who has been ill the past two weeks with brain fever, died from this terrible disease last Friday morning. The funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m., after which interment took place in the West Lebanon Cemetery.

Date: 2/2/1893
Origin: Warren Reviews extracted from micro film
Author: Sharen Roberts
Record ID: 00003395
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 1/21/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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