Friday, February 4, 2011

Mistaken For A Burglar

Located at Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner, OK.
M.I. Price
June 21, 1834
Jan 9, 1917
Aged 83 Years
Gone but not forgotten

A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled

M. I. Price, the aged father of our well known citizen, Mose Price, was shot and instantly killed at about four o'clock Tuesday morning, January 9, 1917, by Ralph Herndon, who lives with his mother across the street from the Price home on west Cherokee. The old gentleman would frequently get up in the night, but the family always watched him very carefully.

He was an early riser and would always insist on helping do the chores and never failed to milk at least one cow notwithstanding his advanced age of 83 years.

He had arisen between two and three o'clock that morning and was dressed when his son Mose awoke. The father insisted that it was chore time, but Mose convinced him that it was only the moon making it light and got him back to bed. After a half hour Mose fell asleep and again the father got up and dressed and slipped out without anyone hearing him.

After leaving the home, he must have become bewildered and wandered over to the Herndon home, when at five he shook the back door trying to get in, thinking, no doubt, he was at the door of his own home.

Thinking a burglar was at the door the boy called several times to know who was there, but no answer came, but the door knob kept shaking, the boy pulled the trigger of a big revolver and shot through the door, the bullet passing though the aged man's heart. He cried, "My God" and fell dead.

Mr. Price was born in Kentucky 83 years ago. He was born June 21, 1834. His wife died several years ago, but he left eight children, five boys and three girls, most of whom live in Colorado. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Jamison of the Baptist Church and the body was laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery.

It was a sad death of a fine old gentleman and the son Mose Price and family have the sympathy of many kind friends and neighbors. (Obit found at

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