Seymour, IN Accidental Shooting, Nov 1888

Seymour Daily Democrat newspaper, Seymour, IN
Friday 16 November 1888; Page 3, Column 4

Crimes and Casualties (column)

While engaged in hunting near Rockford Bridge, about three o'clock, this afternoon, Frank McDonald, aged about twenty-one years, in attempting to draw his loaded gun across a log, accidentally discharged the weapon, the entire load entering his breast and causing his instant death.
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Seymour Daily Democrat newspaper, Seymour, IN
Saturday 17 November 1888

Oliver Frank McDonald, whose tragic death was briefly noted in these columns, yesterday evening, was born on a farm near Newry, March 4th, 1864, and he came here with his parents, John and Mary McDonald, about seven years ago. He attended the Shields High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1885. For several years he has been foreman of the stave factory owned and operated by his father. Of a family of eight children, only two brothers are now living.

The tragic affair occurred about one and half miles above Rockford. In company with his brother, Edward, he had crossed the river in a skiff and was walking along with his hands in his pockets, holding his gun, a 32 caliber Winchester rifle with set triggers, under his left arm, when the lock became entangled in a grape vine and the weapon was discharged.

The ball entered under his chin and ranged upward, lodging in his brain above his right ear. He took two steps forward and fell on his face dead, leaving his gun hanging to the grape vine. His body was taken home and his funeral will take place from the M.E. church at 2 o'clock, to-morrow - Sabbath - afternoon. Interment at Riverview Cemetery.

Oliver McDonald was an upright, intelligent and manly young man, held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. His sudden death, which abruptly ends a career of active usefulness, is regretted by the entire community.
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Seymour Daily Democrat newspaper, Seymour, IN
Tuesday 20 November 1888; Page 3, Column 5

Card of Thanks
To the Editor of the Democrat.

Please extend, for me and my family, our most sincere thanks to the kind friends and neighbors who assisted and comforted us at the time of the death and burial of our beloved son and brother, OLIVER FRANCIS MCDONALD, with the assurance that each and all will ever be held in grateful remembrance by us.

John McDonald

Oliver Francis "Frank" McDonald
Find A Grave Memorial# 107972593