Posted By:Lou C.
Post Date:December 15, 2009 at 16:34:43
Message URL:
Forum:Kleberg County, TX Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:

Here's an interesting story involving Riley Skipworth. This article says that Skipworth shot his hunting buddy, Warren Morgan, in the face. Reminds me of a recent Vice President. What is peculiar is that he shot the Fisk boy (who was walking behind him) as well.



Colorado Citizen, Lavaca Co., Dec 18, 1879, page 2

ACCIDENTALLY SHOT -- On Sunday evening last, Riley Skipworth, Warren Morgan, and a young son of B. Fisk went out in the woods on Smothers' creek to shoot squirrels. Skipworth was walking in front, Morgan just behind him and young Fisk in the rear, when the gun, from some cause unknown, went off, discharging a load of squirrel shot into the temple of Morgan and one shot striking Fisk. Morgan fell immediately and continued insensible until death, which occurred in about an hour and a half. Dr. E. M. Rabb was sent for immediately after the accident and the justice of Precinct No. 3 last night held inquest upon the body. The jury found a verdict that Warren Morgan came to his death by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hand of Riley Skipworth. Morgan leaves a young wife and two small children to mourn his loss. We are informed that he bore the character of an honest, industrious, and good young man.