George Lelsie Gorrie

George Lelsie Gorrie

Saint Vincent, Kittson County, Minnesota, USA
Death 8 Mar 1924 (aged 43)
Saxon, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Burial Saxon, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 6064675 · View Source
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George was shot and killed by his future wife's brother, who was slightly insane. The killing took place in the Anderson girls home. Her brother was given a life sentence.

GORRIE--George L. Gorrie aged 43 years was killed at Saxon Saturday evening, March 8. Mr. Gorrie had been a resident of Saxon for the past ten years and leaves many friends who will sadly mourn his
loss. He is survived by the father and mother Mrs. N. G. Gorrie, three brothers, Allen Gorrie of Geneva, Clarence & Frank Gorrie of Saxon & four sisters, Mrs. Pearl Rothenbuhler & Mrs Ethel Gray of
Saxon & Mrs. Edna Goodner of Crowe Landing, Cal. The remains are resting at the O.R. Hollingsworth funeral home and funeral announcements will be made later.

Reuben Anderson,22, Charged With firing Fatal Shot at Man Said to Have Been Engaged to His Sister-- Gave No Warning --Tells Sheriff Callahan He Is "Not Sorry"--Believed to Be Slightly Demented.

Reuben Anderson, 22, of Saxon, a logger, yesterday evening shot and instantly killed George Gorrie, 43, also of Saxon, in the presence of Gorrie's sweetheart and two other members of the Anderson family at their home. The discharge from asingle barrel shotgun fired by the crazed logger only a few feet from his victim, pierced Gorrie's heart. The only motive for the killing was said by the authorities to have been a belief harboured by Anderson that Gorrie "had it in for him." Following the unexpected and brutal killing Anderson attempted escape butr was held by his two brothers until the arrival of deputy sheriffs. The slayer was said to be violent when imprisoned at the county jail at 11:30 o'clock last night and did not regret having taken the life of Gorrie. According to members of the Anderson family, Gorrie and Miss Thora Anderson were to have been married Saturday, March 15.
The shooting took place between 7:30 & 8 o'clock yesterday evening. A telephone message was received at the office of Al Callahan, Whatcom county sheriff, via Deming, at about 8:30 saying that shooting had occurred and that a doctor was wanted. Dr. Edward L. Brinson, county physician, was summoned. Later when it was learned that was killed , Dr. Max ?, county coroner, was called. Four deputy sheriffs hurried to the scene immediately after the first call was received.
Stopped at Home.
According to the story told the authorities and physicians, Gorrie was returning to him home at Saxon after completing a day's work at a nearby logging camp and stopped at the Anderson home. The evening meal had been finished. Gorrie, Thora Anderson, Ruth a younger sister; Martin Anderson, the father, and Reuben were talking in the living room at the time of the shooting. The shot gun reclined in a corner of the room. No one, it was said,noticed Reuben pick it up. He made no outcry before firing the fatal shot. Suddenly picking up the weapton he pointed it straight at the heart of Gorrie, only a few feet from him and pulled the trigger. His victum fell, instantly killed. The mother of the slayer, Mrs. Martin Anderson, was in another part of the house. The discharge tore a hole through the center of Gorrie's heart. The wound was described as the size of a twenty-five-cent piece. As far as it could be learned there had been no previous trouble between Anderson & Gorrie. Members of the slayer's family and Reuben had been brooding for some time. He was reported as having recently declared he was "400 years old."

Had Illusion.
According to Sheriff Callahan, who questioned Anderson when he was broutht to the county jail, the slayer claimed that Gorrie "had it in for him" and taunted him on several occasions. He also said that his sister,Thora did not treat him civally. Authorities believe that Anderson, brooding by himself became obsessed with the idea that Gorrie did not like him. "I wonder what they'll do to me; I'd raather be given life that be hanged." Anderson said when locked in a cell. The prisoner told Sheriff Callahan that he had contemplated taking his own live during the past year but did not have the courage. He also said that he had thought before of killing Gorrie but also lacked sufficient nerve, until yesterday evening. The sheriff said that Anderson used to live with his parents at Mountain View and that while attending Ferndale high school a few years ago, contracted influenza. Since that time he was said to have not been quite right mentally and is believed to never have recovered from the sickness.
Body Brought Here.
Gorrie's body was broutht to this city late last night by O.R. Hollingsworth in the funeral director's ambulance. Arrangements for burial will be made later. The slain man's father was a candidate for county commissioner a few years ago. An uncle of Anderson's victim was killed recently in a dynamite explosion while blasting stumps at his farm near Deming. The scene of last night's murder is about a mile south of Acme on the Deming-Wickersham road.


1881 - 1924

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  • Maintained by: Heather Gorrie Mahoney
  • Originally Created by: Carolyn Farnum
  • Added: 4 Jan 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6064675
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Lelsie Gorrie (8 Feb 1881–8 Mar 1924), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6064675, citing Saxon Cemetery, Saxon, Whatcom County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Heather Gorrie Mahoney (contributor 46630582) .