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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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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 collapsed.
     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

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