|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1920|
Rome Sentinel Wednesday Oct. 27, 1920
HOLIDAY PLANS END IN HUNTER'S DEATH
Frank J. Brennan of Durhamville shot by own gun
WAS GOING TO RONDAXE LAKE
While he was Cleaning His Gun, It Was Accidentally Discharged and the Bullet Went Through His Head. The Victim Lived Only a Short Time
On Tuesday evening ten minutes after he had gone upstairs to clean his rifle in preparation for a hunting trip of Thursday, Frank J. Brennan, whose home was on the state road between Durhamville and Higginsville, was found dying with a bullet home in both sides of his skull.
He had worked in Sherrill up till last Monday but returned home to get ready for his vacation. A general discussion early on Tuesday evening gave way to his determination to get out his powerful deer rifle and prepare it for playing its part in his holiday.
The evening meal had been eaten,. Mr. Brennan, six feet tall, powerful of almost perfect physique, had gone out of the house to do some chores. His sister, Lucy and brother, Fred, waited for him inside. As he came in they tell of talking of his intended hunting trip to Rondaze Lake. He was to be one he said , of a party of eight or ten who had arranged to make the journey in two cars. Then he went upstairs.
Ten minutes later a shot rang loud. His brother and sister rushed upstairs and found their brother unconscious on the floor, a bullet hole through his head. D.L. S. Preston of Oneida, came in answer to a summons but he could do nothing to save the dying man. Mr. Brennan died at 8:45 o'clock.
The bullet which brought death to this highly regarded citizen, entered his skull at the right, made its exit higher up on the left and crashed through the outside wall of the house. Dr. H. J. Teller, coroner of Rome could fell an air current entering the room through the opening made by the death laden lead and from this he knew that the bullet had not lodged in the wall but had sped through to the open air.
A large number of friends will mourn Mr. Brennan's untimely end. He was only 34. His near relations include four brothers, Fred and Edward of Durhamville, John of Chicago, and W. P., Brennan of Busie, Montana. four sisters, Mrs. Joseph Zorn and Mrs. Adelbert Babcock of Oneida, Miss Agnes Brennan of Utica and Miss Lucy Brennan of Durhamville.
Rome Sentinel Friday Oct. 29, 1920
The funeral of Frank J. Brennan was held from the family home between Higginsville and Durhamville this morning and at St. Francis Church, Durhamville, where the pastor, Rev. Father Glynn, D. D., celebrated a high mass of requiem. The singing of selections previous to and at the conclusion of the services as well as during the mass was by Pasquale Canino of Oneida, formerly of Rome. There were many tributes of beautiful flowers, among which was a wreath from Rome Council, Knights of Columbus, of which the deceased was a member.
A delegation of 15 member of Rome Council, K of C attended the funeral and these six member acted as bearers; John Farr, Gregory Shortall, T. V. O"Shea, Leo and Albert Schuler, and John Smith. Interment was made in Irish Ridge cemetery, Durhamville.
Saint Marys Irish Ridge Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Bea Lastowicka
Record added: May 07, 2009
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