CONRAD, Walter

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CONRAD, Walter (c. 1915-1932), seventeen-year-old youth killed by an accidental shot while goat hunting on Santa Catalina Island on July 10, 1932.

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July 11, 1932 [LAT]: “Youth dies when gun discharges. Walter Conrad killed at Catalina when returning from goat hunt. Avalon, July 10.—Accidental discharge of his rifle here today while hunting mountain goats with his father brought instant death to Walter Conrad, 17 years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Conrad of 209 Sumner avenue. Young Conrad, accompanied by his father and another youth, had succeeded in killing two goats on their day hunt and were returning home when the gun was fired. The youth, shot in the head, died instantly, according to reports to police. The body will be forwarded to Los Angeles to the County Coroner, who will conduct an inquest.”

July 13, 1932 [TI/Avalon]: “Funeral services for Walter Conrad, age 17, who was accidentally killed Sunday [July 10] by the discharge of a small gauge shotgun, will be held today, Wednesday, at Pasadena. The young man is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Conrad, and is survived by his parents and two sisters and a brother, Mary, Agnes and Philip, respectively. A service will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Pasadena at 9 o’clock this morning, and the interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles. The funeral arrangements are in charge of W. P. Cabot, 27 Chestnut Street, Pasadena. The accident occurred near Middle Ranch, when Walter, who had accompanied his father on the trip, placed the shotgun on the top of the automobile while he and his friend George Lewis of Pasadena, loaded several boxes of peaches into the read of the automobile to be brought to Avalon. The loaded shotgun was apparently forgotten and immediately the automobile started and it slid from the roof, bounced on the engine hood and discharged its load into the windshield, and at the three occupants of the front seat of the automobile. Walter received most of the impact of the discharge, with a few fragments of broken glass in the vicinity of his eyes and forehead. So close was the muzzle of the shotgun to the windshield that little pellets made a hole about the size of a dollar. Unconscious, the inured boy was immediately brought to the hospital in Avalon, but he expired soon after without uttering a word after the accident. Before coming to Avalon, Walter attended St. Andrews School in Pasadena. After the family had made their residence at Avalon he entered the local high school. For two years Walter was a student at the St. John’s Academy at Anaheim, and was planning to enter Loyola University at Los Angeles after he had finished his studies at Avalon. The young man was a brilliant student and was held in high esteem and affection by his classmates. Many of his school friends are attending the service. Because of the great loss in the death of their eldest son, the people of Avalon extend to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Conrad their sincerest sympathy. Since Mr. Wrigley purchased the island, Mr. Conrad has been employed with the Wrigley Company as head gardener, having charge of all the shrubbery in and about Avalon, Middle Ranch and the Isthmus.”