CHANDLER, Charles Samuel

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

Martin V. Woodsides Kills Fifteen 
Year Old Boy With Shot Gun
Charles Chandler Victim Shot 
in Chest Monday Night
      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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