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Ralph H Kinter
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Birth: 1891
Death: 1906

BOY SPECTATOR FATALLY SHOT
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Ralph Kinter Accidentally
Hit By Woman At Williams
Grove Shooting Gallery
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BULLET ENTERED HIS BRAIN
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Identity of Woman Unknown,
Boy Died On Way To The
Harrisburg Hospital
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The Grangers' Picnic at Williams Grove yesterday attracted Daniel Kinter, a painter of Lemoyne, his fifteen year old son, Ralph Kinter, and the son's chum, Lawrence Peterman. They went to the grounds early in the morning and spent much time on the midway. The father of Ralph found attractions that took him away from the boys, and they amused themselves listening to the spielers and looking at the free shows.

At 6 o'clock last evening they were standing outside a shooting gallery watching men and women shooting at the mark. There were cigars for the men if they hit the mark five out of five times. Women drew fans if they were lucky. Two young women went up to the stand and picked up rifles. They did not understand the working of the firearms and were fingering the triggers when one of the guns was discharged.

A twenty-two caliber bullet was liberated and entered the left side of the boy's head, penetrating the brain. In the commotion which followed the women got away before anyone learned their identity. The boy fell to the ground, unconscience, and was carried to a platform. Dr. E.M. Gross, camp physician, who lives at Mechanicsburg, went to the boys aid and found him in a serious condition. Dr. E.A. Nicodemus was in the crowd and he volunteered to bring the boy to the Harrisburg Hospital.

The boy was placed at once on a train which was just pulling out of the Grove, and brought to the city. The train made a brief stop at Mechanicsburg and there the physician found that the heart was barely beating. As the train passed Shiremanstown the boy was dead. The train stopped at the Harrisburg Hospital, but it was found that the youth was beyond human aid. His body was later returned to Lemoyne.

Ralph was a school boy. After the schools had closed down he helped his father at his trade. He lived with his parents on Herman Avenue.

The special officers at Williams Grove last evening spent much time looking for the women who had been at the shooting gallery when the accident happened. They were unsuccessful. The men at the gallery say the shooting was purely accidental. The gallery is surrounded by heavy iron sheeting and there is no danger of bullets passing out of the booth. Just why the girls were allowed to point the gun away from the targets has not been expained.

[The Patriot News - August 31, 1906]
Many years later, the woman who fired the shot confessed to the incident on her death bed. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Daniel H Kinter (1853 - 1924)
  Susan J Heiges Kinter (1863 - 1908)
 
 Siblings:
  Russell Alonzo Kinter (1884 - 1947)*
  Chester A Kinter (1888 - 1955)*
  Ralph H Kinter (1891 - 1906)
  Earl George Kinter (1894 - 1987)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Kinter, D H
 
Burial:
Camp Hill Cemetery
Camp Hill
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: 5-178-2
 
Maintained by: Westshore Genealogy
Originally Created by: Bruce Nicholas
Record added: Aug 29, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11642376
Ralph H Kinter
Added by: Brenda & Pete
 
Ralph H Kinter
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Added by: Stanley Weidenhammer
 
 
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- Dee
 Added: Dec. 30, 2013

- LAH
 Added: Mar. 18, 2013

- Brenda & Pete
 Added: Oct. 1, 2012
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