Accidentally shot by Her Husband
Mrs. Elijah Parker in Critical Condition
From .22 Rifle Bullet in Abdomen
New Lisbon, Nov. 8—Mrs. Elijah Parker, 51, of near here, was in a critical condition at the Bassett hospital, Cooperstown, tonight as the result of the accidental discharge of a .22 rifle in the hands of her husband at their farm home this morning.
Mrs. Parker was struck in the abdomen when the gun accidentally discharged as she and her husband went to the yard to get a chicken for Sunday dinner. They had planned to use the rifle instead of the customary axe.
Mr. Parker, who was nearly prostrated by the accident, said that he was unable to explain how the gun had happened to fire. He said that he was carrying it loaded, ready to shoot a chicken, when it suddenly went off.
Dr. Bancroft F. Bishop of Garrattsville arose from his sick bed in answer to call, and after giving first aid, ordered the victim's removal to the Bassett hospital. An operation was performed to remove the bullet, but it was not found.
The .22 pellet entered the lower right side of the abdomen, punctured the intestine and severed an artery. Doctors at the hospital tonight concede her a bare chance for recovery.
Mr. and Mrs. Parker live alone on their farm on the Morris-Garrattsville road near the latter community.
Funeral of Mrs. Parker
Will Be Held Thursday
Edmeston Minister to Officiate at Services
For Garrattsville Woman, Victim of
Accidental Gunshot Wound
New Lisbon, Nov. 10---Funeral services for Mrs. Elijah Parker of Garrattsville, victim of an accidental gunshot wound, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Houk Funeral home at Edmeston. Rev. R. E. Snethen, pastor of the Edmeston Baptist church, will officiate, and interment will be in the Union cemetery at Edmeston.
Mrs. Parker died Monday afternoon in the Bassett hospital at Cooperstown, where she was taken for treatment of a bullet wound in the upper right abdomen. The shot lacerated the intestines. She was struck by a bullet from a .22-calibre rifle, which her husband was using to fell a hen for their Sunday dinner.
Irene Diana Pudney was born September 7, 1875, in the town of Pittsfield, daughter of Andrew and Emmie (Matteson) Pudney. Her early life was spent in the vicinity of her birth. She united with the Morris Baptist church when a young girl, and her marriage to Mr. Parker occurred at New Lisbon August 25, 1907. A woman of quiet nature and possessing a pleasing personality, her death will bring sorrow to many friends.
Surviving are her husband; one sister, Mrs. David Parker of New Lisbon; three nephews, Earl and Stanley Parker of New Lisbon, and Lyle Parker of Gilbertsville; one niece, Mrs. Ray Prindle of New Lisbon; and several cousins. The sympathy of many will be extended to them in their bereavement.