Obituary for Frank Dean Wagner
10 February, 1907 - 23 May, 1923
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Friday 25 May, 1923
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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KILLED BY CHUM
Accident Takes Life Toll in Wagner Home
Dean Wagner, the 16 year old
son of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Wagner, who live on Indiana Avenue, was
shot and almost instantly killed Wednesday evening about 9:30
o'clock when a .32 caliber revolver in the hands of his chum, Edwin
Parsons, accidentally went off. The bullet entered Wagner's
left breast just above the heart. He arose from the lounge
upon which he was sitting, walked to the kitchen and returned again
to the front room of his home and resumed his seat before he
The accident was apparently another of the long list of
"empty gun" tragedies. The two boys, who were spending the
evening at the Wagner home studying, had laid aside the books to
play with the revolver. Wagner had shown his chum his
adeptness at twirling the revolver on his forefinger in much the
fashion followed by old westerners and then passed it to his friend.
The latter, not aware that the revolver had been loaded, dexterously
swung the revolver over his finger and the explosion followed.
With the boys in the room where the accident happened
were Miss Fay Wagner, a sister of the victim of the accident, and
Miss Audrey Blainey, daughter of a seamstress who had been working
at the Wagner home. Both girls are about 18 years of age.
Adult members of the family were not at home, having
been attending a prayer meeting. Mrs. Wagner, the lad's
mother, entered the house just a few seconds following the accident.
Parsons is the son of Mrs. C. E. Shafer. No
inquest will be held, it was said Thursday afternoon, the accidental
nature of the affair being well established.
Funeral services for the accident victim will be held
at the Seventh Day Adventist church Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Burial will be in Canyon Hill
Full-sized headstone photo
available upon request.