Obit: Desens, Herman (1871-1901)



----Source: GREENWOOD GLEANER 10/25/1901



The latest victim of careless handling of guns is Herman Desens, a man about thirty years of age who lived with his father across from Fred Zell's place west of town (Greenwood, Clark County). Friday evening, Oct. 18, 1901 as the two were about to leave the clearing where they had been working, the young man went after his shot gun, which he had left nearby standing against a log. He seized the gun by the muzzle and drew it toward him, and in dong so the hammer cocked, discharging the load of one barrel into his breast. The father hearing the shot, looked up, but noticing his son standing thought nothing of the shot and stooped to his work, when he heard his son give an exclamation and saw him start for the house. The man only went a few yards when he dropped to the ground dead. The funeral occurred at the cemetery on the West Side Sunday afternoon. Deceased, with his father, came to Greenwood about two years ago and have lived together on their small clearing.



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