“Johnny L. Hunt, who accidentally shot himself last Thursday while hunting pheasants near the old Eakin place, three miles west of Eugene, died Saturday night about 9:30 o’clock after making a most game and determined fight against the inevitable. That he even survived that length of time is due only to his indomitable will and his attending physicians expressed surprise that he was able to make so brave a fight for life. His entire left side was almost gone, the lung being entirely exposed, the ribs broken and shattered and even the heart sac torn, yet with a high, though weak pulsation he made a brilliant though hopeless struggle.
John L. Hunt was born at Fresno, Calif, where he leaves a father, mother and brother. He was aged 35 years, 11 months and 15 days. He has been a resident of Eugene about five years, pursuing his vocation of jockey most of this time, but for the past year has assisted in the management of the paint store belonging to the Lane heirs, to whom he bears the relationship of cousin.
The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Lane residence to the IOOF cemetery, Dr. D E Loverridge, rector of St Mary’s Episcopal church officiating. A goodly number were in attendance.”
Daily Eugene Guard (Oregon) Sep 5, 1898, pg. 1, col. 5
Above is the headstone at the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery (IOOF), Lane Co., Oregon. South side of the stone reads: Johnnie Hunt, died Sep 3, 1898, aged 35ys, 11m, 15ds. North side reads, Maggie E wife of Joseph Lane, born Feb 7, 1859, died Nov 12, 1890. West side reads, Joseph Lane died Mar 22, 1897, aged 58yr, 5m, 14ds.
Cemetery records list in block 140, Joseph Lane, born in Georgia (date not listed), died Mar 22, 1897. Maggie “C” Lane born Feb. 7, 1859 California, died Nov 12, 1890. Also listed in cemetery records, but not on the stone – block 140, plot “S” Maria Lane born in England, unknown birth & death dates.