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Obituary for William C. Wasmer
14 May, 1871 - 12 March, 1932
From The Caldwell News-Tribune, 
dated Monday, 14 March, 1932

Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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William C. Wasmer Accidently
        Shoots Self Saturday
  Afternoon; Funeral Services
        Will be Held Tuesday

     Final rites for William C. Wasmer, 60, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the Elks temple.  The Rev. F. E. Springer will officiate.  Interment will be in the Canyon Hill cemetery.
     Mr. Wasmer was instantly killed Saturday afternoon about 2 o'clock, when the shotgun he was carrying accidentally discharged.
   The tragedy occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Mavity, one and one-half miles southeast of Nampa, where Mr. and Mrs. Wasmer and their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Wasmer, had gone for dinner.  Mrs. Lloyd Wasmer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mavity.  The men strolled about the farm for a short time following the dinner.  Becoming chilly, Mavity and Lloyd Wasmer returned to the house before the elder Wasmer.  The senior Wasmer saw several pheasants light in the yard and returned to the house to ask for a gun to try his luck.
            Shooting is Accidental
He was told where he could find a shotgun and several shells and, taking them, left the house.  A shot was heard shortly afterwards by one of the women, but it was supposed that he was shooting at a pheasant.  When he did not return after a reasonable length of time, Mr. Mavity went out to look for him.  The body was found lying in the barn yard about 200 feet from the house.  The charge from the gun had entered the back of his head and gone through the brain.
     Although there was no eye witness, Coroner C. V. Peckham, who was called to the scene, stated that he believed the shooting was purely accidental.  No inquest was held.
             Lived Here 25 Years
     Mr. Wasmer could easily have stumbled over a pile of straw and rubbish near the body and the gun discharged as he fell, those who examined the body and its position, believed.
     William C. Wasmer was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, May 14 1873.  He had been a resident of Caldwell since 1905, with the exception of three years spent in Marshfield, Ore.  He was associated with his father, William Von Wasmer, in the Caldwell Forwarding company for several years after coming to Caldwell.  Later he went into the implement business for himself.
     He was a charter member of the Caldwell Elks lodge, took an active part in the civic improvement program of Caldwell, and owned extensive property interests here.  He was an enthusiastic Idaho booster.
     The body is at the Peckham funeral chapel.