October 15, 1902
From the Dallas News is taken the following account of the tragic death of Mrs. Barton, nee Miss Beulah Wimberly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Wimberly, former residents of Ward 9, of Union Parish:
“Mr. and Mrs. Barton drove out to the country yesterday afternoon to look at some stock in his pasture and to enjoy a bird hunt. After spending several hours hunting they stopped in the pasture and gathered some wild plums and then started to get in their buggy to come home. Mrs. Barton was helped into the buggy and Mr. Barton began to unhitch his horse. While he was thus engaged Mrs. Barton picked up the shotgun that was in the buggy and started to move it from one side to the other, to get it out of her way. In doing so the hammer of the gun struck the dashboard of the buggy and discharged one barrel of the gun. The whole load of shot took effect in Mrs. Barton’s breast, killing her instantly.
“The shot frightened the horse that was hitched to the buggy so that it was difficult for Mr. Barton to keep the animal from running away. As quickly as possible he got the animal under control. By this time the lifeless body of his wife had fallen out of the buggy. He picked her up and placing the body in the buggy drove hastily to the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Lindsey, a mile and a half distant, where the remains were kept last night and prepared for burial today.
“Mrs. Barton was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Wimberly. She was 23 years old and had been married only nine months. She has a large circle of friends in this city who are shocked over her tragic death.
“The funeral was held at College Mound this afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. O. P. Thomas of this city, who officiated at the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Barton just nine months ago yesterday, conducted the services which were very sad and impressive. Many relatives and friends of the deceased attended the funeral from this city.
“The sad affair has cast a gloom over the city and the grief-stricken husband is prostrated over the untimely death.”