Mount Union Stories: Nye Scott (1874-1917)

Published as it appeared on Aug. 24, 1917, in the Daily Gazette-Times (Corvallis), Page 1, Column 4.

Man Killed Deer Hunting

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Nye Scott of Philomath Accidentally Discharges Gun Into Body

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Nye Scott of Philomath accidentally shot and killed himself this morning while hunting deer. Together with Tonnis Lake he went up Marys Peak last night and stayed all night, starting out early this morning. Scott wounded his first deer but it hobbled rapidly away, Scott following it down the mountain side and over the Spaulding Company’s right of way, where he tripped and fell. His automatic Winchester discharged a ball which struck him in the left arm, passing thru the muscle and into his left side about four inches below the clavicle, going clear thru the body, passing through the heart and coming out of the neck just above the right clavicle. He died instantly.

Young Lake was but a few feet behind him when the accident occurred. He made the best time he could back to the logging camp for help, where Coroner Bovee was telephoned for. Mr. Bovee started for the camp immediately and arrived at the upper camp long before the weary party of surveyors and loggers headed by Lake had recovered the body.

Mr. Scott was born and raised in Benton county, his people having camped in Corvallis where the Oregon Electric depot now stands in 1854. He was 44 years of age and leaves a wife, two children, eight brothers are John, Frank, James, children, Lillian and Violeta, are married, the former living in Salem and the latter at Mt. View.

The names of the deceased man’s brothers are John, Frank, James, Edward, Richard, Walter, Wilson and Thomas. Nye was the youngest of the boys. His sisters are Mrs. Tom Cooper and Mrs. Lafe Stewart of Corvallis.

The funeral services will be held at Bovee’s parlors tomorrow afternoon and burial will be in Newton cemetery.

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