|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from
microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/24/1921.
Shocking Tragedy at Creston
A deplorable tragedy occurred at Creston on Friday night which resulted
in the death of Dorr Stewart, as the result of wounds by his own gun, the
accident occurring while a crowd was engaged in serenading a newly wedded
The victim of the tragedy, eighteen years of age, was the son of Dr.
and Mrs. D.S. Stewart of Creston. He with a number of other young
people went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pell, who were married on
Thursday, for the purpose of giving the couple a noisy serenade.
Young Stewart had a shot gun, and while he was on the steps of the Pell
home the gun slipped from his grasp, the hammer striking the edge of the
step, discharging the weapon, the entire load striking him alongside his
face, tearing away the entire cheek and it is believed at that some of
the charge entered his brain.
The Steamer Edith H. was secured and the wounded boy placed aboard with
the intention of rushing him through to a Parkersburg hospital, but he
succumbed a short distance below Burning Springs and his body was returned
to Creston where funeral services were held Sunday. The young man
was popular in his home community and the shocking accident cast a gloom
over the entire vicinity.
In addition to his parents the young man is survived by the following
brothers and sisters: Mrs. Bessie Lee, Akron, Ohio; Misses Lurline,
at home; and Grace, of Lexington, Ky.; Godfrey, of Portland, Oregon; Clyde,
of Clarksburg; Paul and Jennings, at home.