Earl Bradford

The News
Cartersville, Georgia
May 31, 1901, Page 1
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A Son of Mr. Walter Bradford Is Killed By Pistol.

On Thursday afternoon of last week, 23rd inst., a fatal accidental shooting occurred near Pine Log.  Earl, the sixteen year old son of Mr. Walter Bradford, in handling a thirty-two caliber revolver accidentally fired it, the ball striking the forehead, and passing entirely through his head.  He lived about an hour after the shooting.

It seems that the young man was preparing to shoot a chicken when the fatal shot occurred.  He was examining the chambers some of which being empty, so far as to bring a cartridge under the hammer.  He could not determine whether the cartridge was under the hammer or not only by having the muzzle towards his face.  He had turned the chambers around and accidentally pulled the trigger.

The funeral occurred the following day, Rev. A. H. S. Bugg, of Fairmount, officiating.  A large concourse of the friends of the young man and his family was present.

The young man’s brother, who was attending school at Young Harris, was on his way home for vacation when the fatal accident occurred.  He arrived after the funeral, and knew nothing of the sad accident until he had reached the neighborhood of his people.  It was indeed a sad homecoming to him.

The deceased was a most exemplary young man, much esteemed by all who know him.  The family have the sincere sympathy of their hosts of friends in their most sorrowful trials. [Two more notices of this death appear on page 12 of this issue. He was born at Pine Log, Ga., August 22nd, 1884.  “His body now rests peacefully in Pine Log’s ‘City of the dead’…”


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