Monday, April 1, 2013

THE DEATH OF MY GRANDPA'S BROTHER ON THE FARM I GREW UP ON (MY GRAND UNCLE GLENN E. CURTIS, BORN 1889, DIED FROM GUNSHOT 1905)


Newspaper article from Yolo Semi-Weekly Mail, Tuesday, May 16, 1905

YOUNG LAD MEETS A TRAGIC DEATH

Capay Valley Boy Shoots Himself By Accident.

Glenn E. Curtis Is Brought Home From Fatal Hunting Trip a Corpse.

Glenn E. Curtis, the 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Curtis of the Capay Vallley, met a tragic death early Sunday morning by the accidental discharge of a shotgun in his possession  The news of his sad fate proved a great shock to the many friends of the family.

Young Curtis and F .J. Kelley, a son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Kelley, neighbors of the Curtis family, went out Saturday evening on a hunt for some coyotes which have been annoying the farmers in the vicinity of late.  They lay in wait all night for their game, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

About 6.30 o'clock Sunday morning they started home from their fruitless hunt.  While sitting on a fence in the Tancred neighborhood, young Curtis' gun was discharged by the accidental pulling of the trigger, which came in contact with a rail of the fence.  The muzzle of the gun rested against Curtis' body and the full charge entered his breast.  With a cry of "I'm finished" the lad fell to the ground.  Young Kelley ran for assistance, and returning with the wounded boy's father they found that he had already passed away.

The terrible shock to the family, who had not before heard of the accident, when the lifeless body was borne into the family home (NOTE:  the home I lived in until I was five--Shirley), can better be imagined than described.

Coroner Kitto went to Capay Sunday afternoon and held the inquest.  The jury, composed of N. Eckhardt, H. M. Winter, Carl Eckhardt, Felix Russell, J. C. Stott and D.C. Robbius , returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence.

Young Curtis has enjoyed a most excellent reputation during his residence near Capay.  He was born in Dallas, Oregon, and came to Capay with the family three years ago.  Beside his parents he leaves two sisters and three brothers.  He was a nephew of Mrs. Emma McCullough of near Cacheville.

The funeral will be held from the family residence at 10 o'clock this morning, and interment will be made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Capay.


May 19, 1905

Mr. & Mrs. W.W. Vickroy, Mr. & Mrs. Albert Bemmerly, Mrs. McCullough & daughter, Mattie, Mr. Harry Curtis, Mr. Vera Curtis, of Woodland, Mr. Earl Curtis & Mr. Ernest Held & mother of Oakland & Mrs. Finch of San Francisco arrived Sunday & Monday to attend the funeral of the late Glenn Curtis.  They have all returned to their respective homes except Harry & Vera Curtis who will remain with their parents for a few days.

Family photo of my grandpa's brothers, the Curtis boys: Harry E., the oldest, born March 7, 1878; Earl W., born May 21, 1880; and Glen G., born March 24, 1890. This was on the family farm on which they lived and on which my mother was born and raised, and on which I, too, grew up on; and on which my brother and his family still live. Photo from approx. 1900 give or take a year or two. Glen, the youngest, died just a few years after this photo was taken; in 1905 at the age of 15 from a tragic hunting accident on the farm. — in Brooks, CA.Family photo of my grandpa's brothers, the Curtis boys: Harry E., the oldest, born March 7, 1878; Earl W., born May 21, 1880; and Glen G., born March 24, 1890. This was on the family farm on which they lived and on which my mother was born and raised, and on which I, too, grew up on; and on which my brother and his family still live. Photo from approx. 1900 give or take a year or two. Glen, the youngest, died just a few years after this photo was taken; in 1905 at the age of 15 from a tragic hunting accident on the farm. — in Brooks, CA.
Obituary of Glenn CurtisObituary of Glenn Curtis


My maternal great grandparents--Charles Henry Curtis, born 1851 in Michigan; died 1939 in Brooks, California and his wife Caroline Andree Curtis, born 1851 in Wisconsin; died 1931 in Michigan. — at Yolo County, California.My maternal great grandparents--Charles Henry Curtis, born 1851 in Michigan; died 1939 in Brooks, California and his wife Caroline Andree Curtis, born 1851 in Wisconsin; died 1931 in Michigan. — at Yolo County, California.
The home in which Glenn Curtis lived and in which I lived in until I was five years old--Brooks, California.The home in which Glenn Curtis lived and in which I lived in until I was five years old--Brooks, California.
The ranch on which Glenn Curtis met his death by accidental gunshot (and on which I was born and raised)--Brooks, California.The ranch on which Glenn Curtis met his death by accidental gunshot (and on which I was born and raised)--Brooks, California.
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