Wilbur Saddler

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
May 20, 1909, Page 1
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Fatal Accident.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Saddler Shot While Hunting in Florida.

The Lake City, Fla., Index in its issue of May 14 tells of a fatal accident in which the victim was young Wilbur Saddler, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Saddler, who formerly lived in Cartersville, but who have been living in Florida for the last eight or ten years.  The story of the accident as related by the Index is as follows:

“One of the most shocking accidents ever to occur in this city happened Wednesday when young Dick Marshal, a boy about 15 years of age, shot and accidentally killed his companion, Wilbur Saddler, a young boy 15 years of age.

“The boys left this city Wednesday right after dinner for a hunting and fishing trip on the big lake about two miles south of the city.  They were out there alone and were amusing themselves as boys will.  Young Saddler had shot a bird about four o’clock and in extracting the shell dropped a couple of loaded shells on the ground.  Marshal, who was standing a few feet away, and who had a loaded double-barrel, hammerless gun under his arm, stooped to pick up the shells; when he started to arise the gun struck his knee, and his finger being on the trigger, the gun was accidentally discharged, the entire charge entering the right side of young Saddler, just below the ribs.

“The boys were so close together until particles of the boy’s coat and shirt were blown into the wound, which tore away a part of the abdomen.  The nervy little fellow knew he was mortally wounded, and without a single cry of pain, kneeled down on the ground and asked to be left alone, saying that it was useless to try and move him.

“When young Marshal realized what he had done, he was frantic with grief and hurried to where Wm. Hearndon was working nearby and told him to come to town for help.  He then went and remained with his companion until parties from town arrived.

“Young Saddler was placed on a cot and brought to his home.  Medical assistance was at once summoned and the physicians did all in their power to save the young man’s life, but their efforts were in vain.  At nine o’clock, the same evening, he passed away.  He was conscious up to the last and bore the pain of the terrible accident like a little hero.

“Young Marshal is deeply grieved over the unfortunate affair and asserts that he would not have had the accident for the world.  Both young men gave the same account of the affair and said that it was purely accidental.

“Wilbur Saddler is a son of W. B. Saddler, assistant state auditor, at Tallahassee.  A message was sent him of the unfortunate affair and he hurried home on the next train.

“The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire city and a gloom has been cast over everyone as a result of the accident.

“The funeral service was conducted yesterday (Thursday) afternoon from the First Methodist church, Rev. Fred Pasco officiating.  The interment was at the city cemetery.”

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Saddler in Cartersville will sympathize deeply with them in their great grief.


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