On December 8, 1907, tragedy struck the Redding and Manning families of Falls Co, Texas when a "practical" joke backfired and Frank Manning accidentally shot and killed his best friend, DeWitt Hedrick Redding... a younger brother of my grandfather James Byers Redding. DeWitt Hedrick Redding is buried in Powers Chapel Cemetery.
Below are two newspaper articles. One dated December 9, 1907 and the other one dated December 10, 1907.
A few years ago I was very pleased to obtain a copy of the letter that my grandfather had subsequently penned, just three days later, to the grieving young Frank Manning...plus a note from another brother, Eugene Forbes Redding. Submitted by Elaine Wyatt Branham, daughter of Ruby Faye Redding Wyatt