Sumner Press Thursday, December 7, 1905
Sudden was the summons which called one of Petty Township citizens to his long rest!
One of the saddest and most distressing accidents that has happened near here for years, occurred north of Sumner last Saturday morning which robbed a home of a kind and generous husband and father and took a good neighbor from that community.
Saturday morning, Isaac Klingler who lived about 4 miles north of here left his home telling his family that he was going down in the bottoms near there to kill some rabbits and ducks. He had been hunting for some time when Jake Lancaster, about 17 years old, met him and they hunted together for a while. They finally started a rabbit which Mr. Klingler shot at, and then he climbed on a stump to watch for it, while the boy went around the thicket. While on the opposite side of the thicket the boy heard a shot and supposed that Mr. Klingler had shot the rabbit and he continued to hunt around until Mr. Klingler's dog came running to him, acting strangely and then turned and ran back toward where Mr. Klingler was. Mr. Lancaster went back and found Mr. Klingler laying on one side of the stump and his gun on the other.
When he saw the lifeless body he raised the alarm and neighbors came hurrying in and conveyed the body to the house. From all indications it is supposed that Mr. Klingler had attempted to reload the empty barrel of his double-barreled muzzle loading gun and the other barrel in some way was discharged, the entire load striking him in the forehead a little to the right of the center and death resulted instantly.
The coroner was at once notified and he came in the afternoon and impaneled a jury composed of H.M. Pepple, Albert Lathrop, W.O. Palmer, James Bowen, E.S. Petty and A. J. Abell.
After hearing all the evidence as above stated they rendered a verdict in accordance, attributing his death to an accidental gunshot wound.
Isaac Klingler was born in Lawrence County Illinois August 11, 1863 and lived on the farm until he attained his majority. At the age of 19 years he united with the Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport under the pastorate of Rev. Thomas Smith. In October 1884 he was united in marriage to Ms. Molly Sheridan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sheridan, of Petty Township. About three years later his wife died and then he, afterwords emigrated to Missouri and Arkansas where he lived for a number of years.
He was married to Ms. Della McKelfresh at Charleston, Missouri, February 20, 1893. To this union were born six children, four of whom are still living. After his second marriage he moved his church membership from Bridgeport and with his wife joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church near St. Francis, Arkansas. About three years ago he moved his family back to Illinois and located on his farm where his life so suddenly came to a close.
The funeral services were held Sunday at one o'clock at the Pleasant Hill White House church, and were conducted by Rev. E. H. Pierson of the U. B. Church. He leaves a wife and four little children, the eldest being nine years of age; a brother, J. B. Klingler living on the State Rd., East of here; and a father, Noah Klingler, of this city; to mourn his sudden death.
Isaac Klingler was a kind and affectionate husband and father and a good neighbor who was respected by all. The bereaved family and friends have the sincerest sympathy of the entire community in this dark hour of their affliction.