From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
ELMER CARSON FATALLY SHOT
June 12, 1908
A telecram was received on Sunday evening by S.K. Carson and daughter of this city, announcing the death of the former's youngest son, Elmer. The telegram read, "Elmer accidentally shot himself at five yesterday; died at four this morning. Funeral arrangements not made. ---Nellie Carson," and was dated, Caldwell, Idaho, June 7.
Further than his, no particulars were learned, and the father of the unfortunate young man departed on Monday afternoon for Caldwell.
Elmer Harvey Carson was born in Chatsworth on September 7, 1882. He attended the Chatsworth public schools and about nine years ago left Chatsworth, going to Iowa, and from there to Idaho, where he was in the employ of the Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone Company until a few months ago. About five years ago he married Miss Nellie Talcott, of Arion, Iowa, two children, Everette William and Mary Enola, being born to the union.
Several months ago Elmer gave up his position with the telephone company and took up a claim of 160 acres of land, located about sixteen miles from Caldwell, Idaho, where his untimely death occurred. His death, occurring as it probably did, sixteen miles from a railroad and four miles from the nearest neighbor, certainly caused the young wife to face a most trying ordeal.
In addition to his young widow and two small children, deceased is survived by his father, Samuel K. Carson, of this city; two brothers, Ira, of Pocatello, Idaho, and John, of Philo, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. I.A. Humberd, of Cobden, Ill., and Miss Mary, who resides with her father in this city.
The bereaved relatives have the deepest sympathy of their many friends in their sorrow. Word received this morning states that Elmer was hunting, had shot a rabbit and , thinking he would have to shoot again, cocked his rifle. When he got up to the rabbit he struck it with the gun, which exploded, the shot entering his body just above the ribs.
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