1881 - 1909
A Sad and Fatal Accident
Watertown Gazette, 10 08 1909
The people of Watertown were shocked last week to learn that Walter Schmutzler had been fatally injured at Culbertson, Montana, where he has made his home for several years. He and several others had been on a hunting expedition on Sunday, September 26th, and on returning to Culbertson while handling a rifle it was accidentally discharged, and the bullet entered Walter's leg below the right knee and inflicted a severe wound that terminated in blood poisoning and death.
On Monday, Sept. 27th, his parents, Ferd. Schmutzler and wife, left for Culbertson, and took their son to St. Paul, where his leg was amputated close to the body at St. Joseph's hospital on Thursday evening, Sept. 30th, in hopes of saving his life, and he died next morning at .
Walter at first remonstrated against having his leg taken off and he was anxious to reach his home in this city. He and his parents started on the journey homeward, but on reaching St. Paul stopped to have the leg dressed when it was found blood poisoning set in and it was thought the only chance then of saying his life was to have his leg amputated, but he never rallied after the amputation, which took place at 7:30 Thursday evening and he died next morning at 8:30. He received the best of medical aid and had a trained nurse, but all to no avail.
His body was brought
here by his parents Saturday morning, and Monday afternoon his funeral was held
from the home of his parents,
Deceased was born
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