The grave site of Eliphalet “Lytle” Follett, who died from his injuries after an accidental shooting on a hunting trip with his cousin in the Alsea mountains. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Sept. 3, 1920, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 1, Column 1.

ANOTHER MAN
SHOT FOR DEER
IN ALSEA REGION
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LYTLE FOLLETT CRITICALLY IF
NOT FATALLY INJURED BY
COUSIN, ODRA BOWEN
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YOUNG FOLLETT WAS VISITING
WITH HIS COUSINS AND TWO
WENT HUNTING
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NOW AT ANDERSON HOSPITAL
HOVERING BETWEEN LIFE
AND DEATH
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The second deer hunting accident, and possibly the second fatality, in the Alsea region took place Thursday morning about 9:30 when Odra Bowen, young son of Eldon Bowen, fired the shot that caught his cousin Lytle Follet of Philomath, in the groin. Follett was brought out of Alsea about 9 o’clock last night and now lies at the Anderson hospital in this city in a critical condition.

These two young fellows, both in the vicinity of twenty years more or less, and boon companions for years, went on a hunt yesterday morning and in chasing a buck became separated. Bowen shot once or twice and heard a shout, but he didn’t suspect that it was his companion and had no thought that anyone was injured, but he went over to see and found Follett in terrible agony. He hurried away to give the alarm and finally secured the help that got the young man to Alsea and then to Corvallis.

At the examination here, Dr. Anderson found that Follett was shot thru the right groin, the ball taking an upward and backward direction, coming out thru the right side after passing thru the intestines in two places, thru the bladder and severing the femoral artery. Here, fortunately, the copper jacket of the bullet lodged, stemming the flow of blood and producing clots which prevented instant bleeding to death.

The statement today is that Follett is doing as well as could be expected and that it will take the next two or three days to know what the final result is likely to be.

Sheriff Warfield was in the Alsea country looking after the facts in the case of the shooting of the day before in which Bryan Tom was the victim of his brother’s bullet, and he investigated this, finding, as in the case of the other, that there could not possibly be a question about it being an accident.

The mountains are said to have been full of hunters the past two or three days and that there have not been further accidents is a surprise to some of the hunters they say.

Published as it appeared on Sept. 7, 1920, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 1, Column 4.


Lytle Follett
Fails to Recover
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Lytle Follett, who was shot for a deer in the Alsea mountain region last Thursday, died Saturday night as a result of his wound. Blood transfusion from his brother was tried Friday and he rallied sufficiently to undergo the ordeal of having his leg amputated in an effort to save his life. Even that last resort was unavailing and he passed away Saturday night.

Mr. Follett was 21 years of age and leaves a wife and child. The funeral services were held yesterday from Bovee’s undertaking chapel, Rev. Henderson of Philomath officiating. Interment was made in the Newton cemetery.

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