19 April 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Ula Phillips 1911-1923

The headstone of Ula P. Phillips & her brother, Charles,  Springboro Cemetery, Warren County, Ohio.
Below is the transcription of the newstory that appeared in the newspaper giving the tragic details.
Girl Killed By Child In Miamisburg Body Found By Parents On Return From Shopping Tour 
Four Other Children Witness Shooting Ula Phillips, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Phillips, 17 West Linden Avenue, Miamisburg, was shot and killed by her 6 year old brother Robert, in the Phillips home yesterday afternoon.

The accidental shooting occurred while Mr. and Mrs. Phillips were away from home. Four other children in the family witnessed the shooting but all were too young to give a connected story of the shooting.

The body of the little girl, the oldest of six children was found lying in the middle of the floor in one of three rooms occupied by the Phillips family, when the parents returned home at 4 o'clock. The shooting occurred shortly before.

Authorities who investigated said the small boy obtained a shot gun, the property of his father, loaded it, and was playing with it when his older sister attempted to take it away from him.

The lad refused to give up the gun, and in the scuffle it was discharged. The barrel of the gun was pressed against his sister's body and the charge of the buckshot passed through her heart.

Last night, when the lad sobbed his story, he said he did not know how the gun discharged. Funeral arrangements for the girl have not been completed. Coroner E.F. Kimmel conducted an investigation.

The girl's body is being held in Apple's morgue, Miamisburg.
[Dayton Daily Journal, Tuesday, 5 DEC 1922, Front Page]

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