Date of birth: 3 Nov 1919 Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana
Date of death: 17 Jun 1935 Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana
Source: Franklin Daily Journal, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, July 13 2000
LOCAL MAN KILLS BOY Martin V. Woodsides Kills Fifteen Year Old Boy With Shot Gun Charles Chandler Victim Shot in Chest Monday Night SURRENDERED TO POLICE Charles Chandler, age 15, was shot and killed shortly after 8 p.m. Monday by Martin V. Woodsides after the boy was caught stealing cherries from a tree at the rear of the Woodsides home on South Holland Street. Chandler accompanied by Oval Burton, Tommy Anderson and Robert Whitlock, went to the Woodsides home and climbed the cherry tree and helped themselves to cherries. Mr. Woodsides, who saw the boys stealing the cherries, took his shot gun and waited for them at the corner of the alley. As the boys started walking north in the alley Woodsides fired at them, the full force of the shot striking young Chandler in the chest. The boy died almost instantly after being fatally wounded. He fell a few steps from where he was shot. After shooting the boy, Mr. Woodsides walked up town and looked for night officer Joe Hege to give himself up. He stated that he had shot a boy and did not know until afterward that the boy had been killed. Local officers took Woodsides in charge and he was later taken to Franklin by Sheriff A. R. Mulkins and his deputy. Woodsides is alleged to have stated after the shooting that he only intended to scare the boy. Woodsides is being held in the Johnson County Jail at Franklin where he will probably be slated on a manslaughter charge. The boys who were with Chandler when he was fatally shot escaped injury as they were behind the Chandler boy when the shooting occurred. The Chandler boy wore a white shirt and could be easily seen in the dark. After Woodsides reported the shooting to the officers they had difficulty in finding the body where it lay in the alley directly behind the Albert Cox residence. After the coroners investigation the remains were removed to the Mutz & Holdcroft chapel. Funeral Rites Wednesday Funeral rites for the victim Charles Chandler will be held from the Mutz & Holdcroft funeral chapel at 3 p.m. Wednesday in charge of the Rev. J. A. Sumwalt. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery here. The boy is survived by the parents Lowrey Chandler and Mrs. Clemie Hedger Slevin of Edinburg; two brothers, Thomas and Forest and one sister Elma Chandler at home and other relatives. The boy was born in Edinburg, Nov. 3, 1919 and lived here his entire lifetime.
Submitted by Mark E. Wirey
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