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James Heumphreus Accidentally Shot at Pawnee Camp

James Heumphreus, 22 of Farnam, enrollee in the Pawnee City CCC camp, was killed late Sunday afternoon by an accidental shot from his own .22 caliber pistol.

With several other members of the camp, Heumphreus was engaging in a practice shoot in timberland near the camp. He climbed a tree to recover a dead bird and as he swung back to the ground his pistol dropped from his belt and discharged. The bullet pierced his heart and thigh. Coroner Henry pronounced the death accidental. Heumphreus went to the camp in January, 1935.

He is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Heumphreus living northeast of Farnam. The many friends of the family of Farnam were grieved to learn of this untimely death, and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to them in their sorrow.

Funeral services were held at Cozad Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. Cooper of Cozad in charge. Interment was in the Eustis cemetery. Pallbearers were CCC comrades from the Pawnee City CCC camp.

The Farnam Echo 52(50):1, Thursday, 20 August 1936


Published: 8/12/2022 -
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