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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, September 29, 1904

ACCIDENTAL DEATH

PETER A. LEWIS IS SHOT AND KILLED BY HIS WIFE.
She Thought He Was A Thief.

Story of the Tragedy as Given to the Journal by Representatives
of the Family--The Funeral Services Held in Leon.

One of the most distressing tragedies ever enacted in Decatur County occurred a little after 8 o'clock on Wednesday evening of last week when Mrs. Minnie C. LEWIS shot and killed her husband, Peter A. LEWIS, under the supposition that he was engaged in stealing chickens. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark H. LEWIS, who live three miles southwest of Kellerton, in Athens Township, Ringgold County. Mr. LEWIS, the father of the young man, and Calvin BULLARD, father of Mrs. LEWIS, called at this office on Thursday evening of last week and furnished the following particulars of the sad and fatal accident.

--STORY OF THE HOMICIDE--

About the first of the year, Mr. LEWIS rented C. E. GARNER's farm north of Blockley and himself and wife took possession of the same sometime during last February. Later on the family was joined by Miss Nora BULLARD, Mrs. LEWIS' sister, who taught the school southwest of Blockley. At different times recently, the family has been annoyed by chicken thieves which caused Mr. LEWIS to load his shotgun with the only load in the house. He told his wife in case the thieves appeared at the chicken house, to discharge the gun in that direction and frighten them away. Mr. LEWIS attended Amos BRAZELTON's charivari party and indended to take the gun along with him, but finally concluded to leave it at home for use in case the chicken thieves appeared.

On Tuesday evening, Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS were called to attend a sick neighbor, James JONES, who lives about a half a mile north, where they remained most of the night. On the following evening about 7 o'clock, [due to the torn copy, several lines are missing]

Civil War Flags.jpg MR. LEWIS was born in 1870, near Kellerton and received his education in the common schools of his neighborhood. He was raised on a farm. September 23, 1896, he married Miss Minnie C. BULLARD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin BULLARD, former residents of Ringgold County. A few years ago, Mr. BULLARD located on a farm west of Leon. The parents of the deceased, Mr. and Mrs. Clark LEWIS, have seven children all of who reside in the neighborhood of Kellerton. Their names are as follows: John LEWIS, Byron LEWIS, Dell LEWIS, Truman LEWIS, Mrs. Ella KNITTLES, Miss Clara LEWIS and Grover LEWIS. The elder LEWIS has lived in Ringgold County for 46 years and served during the civil war as a member of the 11th Illinois Cavalry.

The funeral was held in the M.E. Church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Elder H. H. HUBBELL Pastor of the Christian Church, delivering an appropriate sermon. The parents, and brothers and sisters of the deceased were in attendance. Interment occurred in Leon Cemetery.

Mrs. LEWIS is greatly prostrated by the dreadful ordeal through which she has passed. She is a most estimable lady. She has the sympathy of all who know her. Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS had no children.

CARD OF THANKS.

I desire to express my gratitude to our friends and neighbors who came to my assistance during the death of my dear husband and also to the sympathetic people of Leon, and especially the ladies who decorated the M.E. Church so beautifully.

MR. and MRS. PETER A. LEWIS.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008

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