Merced Evening Sun
Jan. 22, 1900
ACCIDENTALLY KILLED ON THE WEST SIDE
John Weddle was shot and killed Sunday while out hunting on the McPike ranch in Cottonwood, says the Los Banos Enterprise. He was driving along in a cart and carried an L. C. Smith hammerless gun with him. Frank GIBSON and A. B. ROBERTS were about a half mile ahead of him when they looked back and saw him coming behind. A few minutes later they looked back and saw the horse coming with an empty cart. They drove back, caught the horse and found the Weddle had been instantly killed. The gun had discharged about 100 yards before coming to a gate but deceased had remained in the cart until it struck the gate post throwing him out.
Deputy Coroner C.S. COTHRAN held an inquest at Volta Monday. It was found that the charge entered the body just below the heart, ranging upward, and tearing the heart into fragments, and lodging in the back. The verdict was that he was shot accidently by his own gun.
The remains were removed to Newman and the funeral was held Tuesday; interment in Newman Cemetery. The deceased was a native of Montana having lived on the West Side for a number of years, and leaves many friends.
Transcribed by: Alma Stone