Obituary Record

Howard Lutz
Died on 9/30/1906
Buried in Blair Cemetery

#1-3 Oct., 1906 - The Pilot - Howard Lutz

News reached Blair Monday morning that Howard Lutz was dead. The telegram was delivered to his father just before the train left for Bonesteel Monday morning, and he caught it and was in Bonesteel. Monday evening Howard Lutz was at his father’s claim near Burke and about five thirty Sunday afternoon started with a friend to call on a neighbor and placed the gun in the buggy. As they neared the neighbors the friend got out to open a gate when he suddenly heard the report of a gun and looking back saw that the charge had entered the body of Mr. Lutz. Howard said, “Sam, I’m dead” and sank in the buggy. It seems that the gun had slipped through a hole in the bottom of the buggy and no doubt the hammer hit the bottom of the box and discharged the load. Friends immediately telegraphed Mr. Lutz at Blair and took the body to Bonesteel Monday evening. Mr. Lutz reached Blair with the body Tuesday morning, and the funeral was held from the home at two o’clock this afternoon, Rev. Shick officiating. Interment was made at the Blair cemetery. Howard Lutz was a bright young man born and raised here. He served some time in the navy and later took a two years course in the University. Some time ago he went to Bonesteel and bought a claim adjoining his father’s and was there looking after both when the sad accident happened. The Pilot joins with the many friends of the family in extending sympathy to the family in their sad bereavement.

#2-4 Oct., 1906 - Blair Democrat - Howard Lutz - Veteran

Last Monday J. E. Lutz got word from Bonesteel that his son, Howard, had been killed and later got another telegram that the boy had been accidentally shot. Mr. Lutz took the first train and arrived in Bonesteel Monday evening about five o’clock, returning with the remains of his son the following morning. It seems that Howard, in company with Mr. Lutz’s renter, Sam Hale, had started to drive over to another neighbor’s and Mr. Hale got out of the rig to open a gate when he heard the report of a gun. In looking around he saw where the gun had slipped through a hole in the bed of the buggy and been exploded. The charge of shot entered the boy’s breast just below the right nipple and killed him almost instantly. Howard had been in South Dakota for several months, settling up a claim which adjoined his father’s. After the accident the remains were taken to his late home on the claim and kept there until Monday evening, then were removed to Bonesteel and from there brought to Blair by Mr. Lutz. The funeral was held from the Lutz home in this city yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Shick, and the remains interred in the new part of the Blair cemetery. Deceased was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa May 7, 1884, and came to Blair with his parents when about two years old. He was a bright young man and had served two and one half years in the navy on the battleship Wisconsin, after which he attended Wesleyan university at Lincoln for two years and had good prospects in life. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of bereavement.

~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~

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Printed in the Blair Democrat/Courier on 10/4/1906