Obit: Redmond, Harold (1896 -
Contact: Ann Stevens
Surnames: Redmond, Kraus, Malter, Hake, Townsend,
Masters, Hanson, Mead, Campman, Rush, Burrows,
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville,
Clark County, Wis.) July 27, 1911
Redmond, Harold (March 1896 - July 23,
Harold Redmond was instantly killed Sunday
morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Redmond, in
town of York. The boy came to his death while handling a
revolver, but the exact manner is not known, as there were no
witnesses to the accident. The boy had done his chores as
usual in the morning and about 9 o’clock had
disappeared. About 11 o’clock George Kraus came to tell
the hired man, Richard Kraus, that his sister was home from Chicago
and wished to see him. In looking for Kraus, Mr. and Mrs.
Redmond discovered that Harold was also missing and they instituted
a careful search for him. Upon entering the machine shed,
Mrs. Redmond found the little fellow lying on his back, cold in
death, with a bullet hole through his head. The bullet had
entered back of the right ear and passed through the head and out
at the left cheek bone.
coroner’s jury consisting of J.J. Malter, Grant Hake, R.
Townsend, L.G. Masters, Hans Hanson and Fred Mead held an inquest
Tuesday morning, Justice Campman presiding and District Attorney
Rush conducting the examination. The jury decided that Harold
was killed by a revolver shot fired by an unknown person. The
general opinion seems to be that while there were suspicious
circumstances connected with the accident, that Harold, in the
boylike handling of a forbidden treasure, had accidentally
discharged the weapon and killed himself.
parents of the lad were ignorant of the fact that the boy had
purchased a revolver, 32 caliber, while in Neillsville on Memorial
Day. It seems that Harold had kept the weapon hidden in the
machine shed, and it seems very probable that Sunday morning while
cleaning it had accidentally killed himself. The accident is
a sad bereavement to Mr. and Mrs. Redmond, as Harold was their only
remaining child, a daughter having died in infancy and their eldest
son having been killed 15 years ago by being kicked by a
Harold was an unusually bright and intelligent
little boy, and took great interest in the farm work. He was
of a happy and pleasing disposition and his untimely death is a
source of great grief to his companions. He was 15 years of
age last March, having been born in the town of York on the Redmond
The funeral was held yesterday morning at 11 o’clock at the family residence and burial was made in the Neillsville Cemetery. Rev. Burrows and Rev. Risser officiated.
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