Turner, Ida (1861 - 1881)


Steven Lavey


Surnames: TURNER WAY


----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 07/01/1881

Turner, Ida (1861 - 1881)

A sad case of accidental shooting, which resulted in the death of Mrs. Ida Turner, wife of W.H. Turner, happened at the residence of S.M. Way, about two miles north of this place (Neillsville, Clark County), last Friday evening between five and six o'clock. The sad story briefly told is this: Mrs. Turner, who is in some way connected with the Way's had been visiting there for several weeks, and at the time of the accident was helping to prepare the evening meal. While placing the chairs at the table in the dining room, Seward Way, a boy nineteen years of age, came into the room with a revolver in his hand and taking another from the top of the clock in that room cocked both of them, and holding one in each hand, pointing in opposite directions, snapped them, supposing them, as he claims, to be empty. One of them, unfortunately, proved to have been loaded, and the shot took effect in the body of Mrs. Turner, the ball striking her in the left side, passing under two ribs and through the lower lobe of the left lung and coming out passed around and lodged against the spine. Dr. Templeton was called and succeeded in finding and removing the ball, but could not stave the hand of Death and on Sunday evening about half past nine o'clock, Ida Turner was numbered with the dead. The deceased was twenty years of age and leaves an infant child to miss a mother's care, and a husband to mourn her death.

An inquest held on the body established the fact that the shooting was not intentional, also that it was the result of carelessness, too reckless to be excusable, if it does not deserve to be classed as a crime.



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