|Birth: ||Jul. 26, 1877|
|Death: ||Oct. 9, 1931|
The Madison County Record
15 Oct 1931
J. R. (Dick) Cain, prominent farmer of near Marble accidentally killed himself at his home about 3 o'clock Friday afternoon while handling a .38 caliber revolver, the ball entering his right side angling downward through his lower breast, passing through his heart and left side and spending its force against his left arm between the elbow and shoulder. Death was almost instant.
The exact particulars of the deplorable tragedy will never be knwon, but the family believes and all circumstances point to the fact that the firing of the revolver occurred as Mr. Cain attempted to close the chamber after having loaded it. Supporting this theory, a bureau drawer in which he was known to keep the gun and from which he doubtless had just removed it, was open, and he fell beside the bureau in a position indicating that he was standing in front of the open drawer when shot.
Mr. Cain was in the room alone having gone into same an immeasurably short time before from the front yard where he had been talking to his son Price and playing with his grandchildren. The interim between the conversation with his son and the report of the revolver firing was so short that the son, whose attention was attracted to something else, had not observed that his father had left the yard.
Mr. Cain had returned earlier in the day from the City hospital at Fayetteville where he had been to visit his daughter, Mrs. Denver Webb, who was recently operated on there after she had been brought from her home in California. Mr. Cain having gone to California and accompanied his daughter to the hospital. He was particularly happy because of having found his daughter improving and there was no other reason for him being despondent. He had left Mrs. Cain and other daughters with Mrs. Webb, and upon arriving home began his regular routine of farm work in a cheerful mood. A shower of rain had compelled him to quit whatever work he had been doing and he had been lounging on a bed during the rain.
Following the conversation with his son, his family presumes that Mr. Cain had decided to do some target practice with is revolver, which sport he had known to often engage in, and the presumption still bears out that theory that he had just loaded the revolver and was closing up the cylinder when the accident occurred.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jake Drake at 3:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon and interment was made in the Lower Camp Ground cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.
Mr. Cain was born in Madison county and had resided in same practically all his life. He was 54 years old. Surviving him, besides his wife, are six daughters and two sons, Mrs. Denver Webb of California, Mrs. Brad Walker of Fayetteville, Mrs. W. A. Vaughn of Huntsville, Misses Anna, Ruth, Unis and Kate Cain at home, and Price Cain and Woodrow Cain of Marble. He is also survived by his father, James Cain of Huntsville, and the following sister and brothers: Mrs. F. W. Patrick of Alabam, Jason Cain of Berryville, Tom Cain and Will Cain of Huntsville.
James Madison Cain (1845 - 1937)
Matlida Jane Hawkins Cain (1847 - 1928)
Amazon Crow Cain (1877 - 1960)
Josephine Susan Cain Vaughn (1900 - 1994)*
Sterling Price Cain (1903 - 1991)*
Martha E Cain Webb (1908 - 1997)*
Annie Rebecca Cain Utley (1909 - 1998)*
Ruth Cain Head (1911 - 1969)*
Eunice H Cain Walden (1916 - 1999)*
Leora Kate Cain Ward (1919 - 1975)*
Emma Cain Patrick (1868 - 1950)*
Thomas Robert Cain (1870 - 1945)*
William M Cain (1873 - 1957)*
James M. Cain (1873 - 1873)*
Mary Ann Cain Burkett (1875 - 1928)*
John Richard Cain (1877 - 1931)
Lydia Cain Hudson (1886 - 1907)*
Note: Shares stone with Zona
Lower Campground Cemetery
Kingston (Madison County)
Created by: Rosa Cline
Record added: Jan 17, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7089897