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J. J. Kuhn, Jr. - Madison Parish, Louisiana


From Tallulah Madison Journal, July 1940


Fatal Shooting accident Claims Young Kuhn Boy


   J. J. Kuhn, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Kuhn, of Tallulah, was accidentally shot through the heart by one of his closest friends Wednesday morning while the pair and another boy were examing a .38 caliber pistol.  Young Kuhn died instantly from the shot.  He was nearly 17 years of age.


   The tragedy occurred at the home of Nat Thomas, also about 17 years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas.  An inquest was held by Coroner Howard C. Sevier and the jury held that the shooting by young Thomas was accidental.


   Young Kuhn, Nat Thomas and Clarence Julian, all of whom would have been seniors in the Tallulah High School next year, were said to have been constant companions for a number of years.  They had gathered at the Thomas home, and at the time of the shooting were said to have been examining the pistol which they had found in the Thomas home.  The gun is said to have exploded suddenly while in the hands of young Thomas.


   Young Kuhn is survived by his parents and two sisters, Edith and Jean.  Edith graduated from the Tallulah High School the past session and was valedictorian of her class.  Young Kuhn was to have graduated next year, and it was reported that most likely he also was to have been in the race for valedictorian.


   The funeral services will be held from the Baptist church Friday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Clarence Crow, pastor, officiating.  Interment will take place in the Silver Cross Cemetery.