The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa
Saturday, January 5, 1905
DEATH of ELLIS OVERHOLSER.
MT. AYR, DEC. 30.-- ELLIS OVERHOLSER, aged 17 years, was shot in the back and died within an hour, at Knowlton, in the
northwestern part of this county, just before noon yesterday. The fatal injury was from the shotgun of Will CHRISTY, aged
16 years, and was the result of an accidental discharge. Four boys, Charles McGINTY, Roy PARKINS, Will CHRISTY and Ellis
OVERHOLSER, were out hunting about a quarter of a mile from town. Two of the boys had shot at a squirrel, and young CHRISTY
was raising his gun to shoot, when in cocking it the hammer slipped and the contents of the gun were discharged into
OVERHOLSER's back, at a distance of eight or ten feet. The other boys were right in line at a short distance, but the
charge of shot did not go clear through OVERHOLSER's body. His backbone was shot in two. He was taken to the home of Frank
MARSH and a doctor was summoned, but the injured boy speedily lost consciousness and died within an hour. The dead boy's
father is Jacob H. OVERHOLSER, a farmer who makes his home in Knowlton.
NOTE: Jacob H. OVERHOLSER, father of Ellis, was born in 1853, and died in 1938. Cora L., wife of Jacob H. OVERHOLSER and mother of Ellis, was born in 1860, and died
in 1934. Jacob and Cora were interred at Bethel Cemetery near
Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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