One Dead in First Hunting Accident
Death Notice of Walter M. Barnes
Frederick (Maryland) News
The News (Frederick, Maryland) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original publication date: 11 Nov 1925, page 5, column 2.
"Two accidents, one fatal, marked the opening of the hunting season Tuesday. Walter M. A. Barnes, of near McKaig, 23 years of age, son of Harry T. Barnes, a farmer, was the victim of the fatal accident...
Young Barnes and his two brothers, and Herbert Duvall, the latter of the same neighborhood, started out early in the morning, being among the first sportsmen in the vicinity to take advantage of the opening of the season. They hunted until about noon and then went to the Barnes home for lunch. After lunch they again started to hunt. In the orchard, a short distance from the house, Walter Barnes climbed on a fence and sat there and ate an apple. While on the fence, with his feet resting on the second rail, he placed his gun along the side of the fence, with the stock resting on the ground. He then got off the fence, and in some way the weapon was discharged, the contents of the charge entering his left side. He walked about 12 feet, fell to the ground and immediately expired.
His brothers and Duvall hurried to his side and carried the body into the house. A gaping wound in the left breast showed that practically the entire charge of small shot from a double-barrel breech-loading gun had penetrated his body. He was lifeless when picked up.
Barnes was an industrious young man and had been employed in the neighborhood as a farm worker. Besides his father, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Guy Dixon, of Mt. Pleasant, and Miss Edith Barnes, at home, and four brothers, Charles W., Raymond H., John M. and C. E. Barnes, also at home; one half-brother, Edward Poole, of Braddock.
The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock, from his late home. Burial will be made in Mt. Olivet cemetery. M. R. Etchison and Son, funeral directors..."
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Walter Marion Barnes
Father: Harry Thomas Barnes
Mother: Rilla Agnes Poole
August 10, 1902
Frederick, Maryland, USA
November 10, 1925
Mount Pleasant, Frederick, Maryland, USA
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