|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1903|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1920|
Park City (Stillwater County)
Laurel Outlook, Laurel, MT
November 3, 1920 — Front Page
Park City Boy is Killed
Halloween activities in Park City resulted in the death of Fred Schessler, a boy of 17 years of age, who was shot in the back by a rifle in the hands of Paul Holtz, who is about 18 years old. The shooting occurred early Monday morning, and young Schessler died a few hours later, shortly after being removed to a Billings hospital. The Holtz boy has been placed under arrest and lodged in the Stillwater county jail at Columbus. No charge has been formally filed against him, as authorities await the verdict of the coroner's jury.
The inquest is to be held this morning at 11 o'clock at Park City and the funeral services and interment is to occur in the afternoon.
The deceased is the son of a rancher residing in the vicinity of Park City. Holtz is the son of Mrs. Blackaby, a resident of that place.
According to reports it appears that the Schessler boy, together with several companions of about his own age, had overturned an outbuilding near the Blackaby residence and that later when they were attempting to drag the building into the street, the Holtz boy fired the rifle, the bullet taking effect in Schessler's back.
The local physician, Dr. Cram, and two Laurel physicians, Doctors Broughton and Stevens, were summoned. They decided upon removing the injured boy to a Billings hospital, which was done, train No. 4 being stopped for that purpose. Within a short time after arriving at the hospital, the wounded boy breathed his last.
Note: Park City is approximately 10 miles West of Laurel, and approximately 26 miles West of Billings.
Billings Gazette, Billings, MT
November 2, 1920
Halloween Joke Results in Death
Godford Schessler, 17 year-old Park City boy, died at a local hospital at 5 o'clock Monday, Monday from a gunshot wound which he received when Carl Oberholtz, 16 years of age, fired a revolver into a crowd of boys who, he thought, were destroying the out buildings at his home in Park City at 12:30 o'clock Sunday night.
Schessler was rushed to the local hospital on train No. 4 Monday morning, but he died soon after his arrival.
With a crowd of eight other boys Schessler, it is alleged, was out for the usual Halloween pranks and was engaged in turning over the out buildings at he Oberholtz home when Carl Oberholtz appeared in the doorway and fired the revolver into the crowd, the bullet striking Schessler in the back. Oberholtz stated that it was his intention to fire in the air and scare the other boys away.
Schessler is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schessler, who live on a ranch two miles out of Park City. The parents were notified of the shooting soon after it occurred.
Oberholtz, who attends the high school at Park City, was placed under arrest and taken to Columbus, where he will be held pending the coroner's inquest, which is to be held Wednesday morning.
Stories typed as they appeared, even with his name being Godford in the Gazette article.
Henry Schessler (1876 - 1968)
Elizabeth Katherine Benner Schessler (1873 - 1956)
Henry Schessler (1897 - 1977)*
Mary Schessler Benner (1898 - 1978)*
Gotfried Schessler (1903 - 1920)
Theodore W. Schessler (1906 - 1984)*
Herman Schessler (1908 - 2000)*
Park City Cemetery
Park City (Stillwater County)
Plot: 4, 10, 4
Maintained by: S.L.S.O.
Originally Created by: Lorna Kappel
Record added: May 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26846564