The grave site of Julian A. George, who died in the spring of 1927 after he accidentally shot himself pulling a gun through a fence on his farm. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on April 4, 1927, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 1, Column 2.

Benton County Man Shoots
Himself Through Lung,
Dies Soon Afterward

Julian A. George, farmer resident one-half mile south of Monroe, died at the Corvallis hospital late yesterday afternoon from a gunshot wound accidentally inflicted. It is reported that Mr. George, armed with the gun, had crawled under a fence on his farm and then took hold of the barrel of the firearm to pull it through after him. The action pulled the trigger and the gun was discharged, the shot piercing Mr. George’s lung and going entirely through the body.

The injured man was alone at the time and when discovered was standing on his feet and making the effort to return to his home. He was brought to Corvallis by Dr. E. Bennett of Monroe and taken to the hospital for an emergency operation, but nothing could be done to save him.

Mr. George had made his home in Benton county a number of years. His widow, Mrs. George, is a daughter of Mrs. E. Hartless of Corvallis and formerly was well known in this city, attending and graduating from O.A.C. There are two sons of high school age. The accident victim was aged 50 years, five months and 18 days.

The funeral will be held from the M.S. Bovee Co. chapel at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. A.B. MacLeod of the Presbyterian church is to officiate and interment will be in Newton cemetery.