Tragic Death of Marcellus B. Pitney September 20, 1895

Marcellus B. Pitney Rest Lawn Cemetery Junction City, Oregon Photo courtesy of Cindy - Find A Grave

Marcellus B. Pitney
Rest Lawn Cemetery Junction City, Oregon
Photo courtesy of Cindy – Find A Grave

“Death of M.B. Pitney.
It seems that we were misinformed last week as to some of the facts relating to [the] sad accident which caused the death of M.B. Pitney. He had just finished his dinner when the storm came up when he remarked to his family that he must go out to the wagon and get his gun. The wagon contained a wood rack and the gun was wrapped up in a coat lying on the spring seat. He must have dropped the gun to the floor of the rack as the shot entered the left breast and ranged upwards, otherwise had the trigger caught on the seat, the discharge would have ranged down as the high seat was above his head. When the gun was discharged, he dropped it between the fore wheel and the woodrack, and ran about a rod when he fell. The boy who witnessed the accident gave the alarm and when the body was reached, life was extinct. Coroner Harris was sent for who selected a jury to investigate the cause of his death. After due investigation a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts already published, that his death was caused by the accidental discharge of a shot gun in his own hands.

Mr. Pitney was born and raised near this place and was 37 years, 7 months and 6 days old. He leaves a wife and four children. Funeral services were held Sunday at 11:00 o’clock at the M.E. Church by Rev. H.S. Wallace. After the services the remains were taken in charge by the A.O. U. W. of this city and conveyed to the Odd Fellows Cemetery [Rest Lawn]. Fraternal services were held at the grave. E.E. Orton, P.M.W. and S. L Moorhead, M.W. officiating. The following members served a pall bearers: D.R. Hill, F. M. Parker, D. B. Farley, Rube Hill, Ed Baily and E.N. Tibbets. A large delegation from Harrisburg lodge was present and assisted in the obsequies.” The Junction City Times, Sep. 28, 1895, pg. 5, col. 3.


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