August 1, 1895
A distressing and heart-rending accident occurred at the Lineville Mineral Springs last Wednesday evening about dark, which will probably result in the death of Miss. Angie Bowsher, daughter of H.C. Bowsher, a well known hardware merchant of Princeton. Miss. Bowsher and her mother as chaparone of a party of young lady friends from Princeton, were spending the week camping near the Mineral Springs Hotel, and up to the time of the accident were greatly enjoying their outing. About dark Wednesday evening the young people were returning to camp after a visit to the Hotel, Miss. Bowsher with two or three companions walking in front of the rest of the party. Miss. Allie Ballew followed with the others a short distance behind was carrying a target rifle. From some cause entirely accidental, the weapon was discharged and the ball struck Miss. Bowsher in the small of the back, near the spine, passed through her body, ranging in an upward course, and lodged under the skin just to the right of the umbilicus. Dr. Glendenning of this place was hastily summoned to attend the wounded girl, extracting the ball which was of 22 calibre, and gave her all the attention suggested by experience and skill. It was feared from the first that the ball in its course through the body had punctured the stomach and intestines, as during the night following the accident considerable blood was vomited by the patient.
The father of the unfortunate girl arrived on the 10 o'clock train that night and upon consultation Dr. Sawyer, of Centerville, was wired to come, and he with Drs. Bruen and Bristow, of Princeton, arrived by the afternoon trains Thursday and with Dr. Glendenning of this place, went to the Mineral Springs Hotel. After a careful examination, an operation was decided upon, which was performed as speedily as the circumstances of the case would permit. It was found that the ball had punctured one of the intestines in two places and passed through the lower part of the stomach making in its passage two punctures in that organ. These were skillfully drawn together and closed by stitches and after effects of the operation and anasthetic has passed off, the condition of the patient was so favorable as to inspire a hope of her recovery.
The unfortunate girl is seventeen years of age, highly educated and accomplished, and a general favorite. Her sad mishap has cast a gloom over this community and filled every heart with sadness and regret. She is the object of the tenderest care and solicitude by her parents and friends and the good people of the Mineral Springs Hotel, and all that can be done by surgical skill and careful nursing will be exerted in her behalf. Miss. Ballew, the innocent cause of the accident to her friend, is almost prostrated with grief.
Later-We learn that Miss. Bowsher died Saturday night. She was a cousin of J.R. Bowsher and Mrs. C.M. Kohler of this city.
August 8, 1895
The following account of the death of Miss. Angie Bowsher, who was accidentally shot at Lineville, is taken from the Princeton Missouri Press:
The closing scenes of Angie's life were said to have been the grandest ever witnessed by those present. Mrs. Belle Driscoll and her sister, Hortense, were sitting by her several hours before her death, when she asked Mrs. Driscoll to read to her from the Bible, at which time her sister asked her if Jesus was with her. She answered, "Yes, He is right here with me." She then started to sing and sang one verse of "Rock of Ages" after which she exclaimed, "Oh, how beautiful! Perfectly lovely!" and said: "I see Zoie and Genie and there is Mr. Carl." Zoie and Genie were her little sisters who died several years ago. She then sang a line or two after which she asked all to pray with her and she led them in the Lord's Prayer, she then called on all, or nearly all, in the room to pray, and afterwards started several songs and spoke of the lovely music and how beautiful everything was. "Tell Allie good-bye, she didn't go to knock the gun off. Allie is a Christian girl, she'll meet me in Heaven." She sent messages to a number of her friends and relatives asking them to be Christians and said to Dr. Glendenning, "Doctor, Pa though you could cure me."
The songs were, "Alas and did my Savior bleed, and did my sovereign die. Would he devote that sacred head for such a worm as I", Praise God from whom all blessings flow."
Hortie asked her if she was going to Heaven. She answered, "Yes, of course I am going to Heaven. You are all going there and then we will be one unbroken band." She asked if Bro. Russell had come, and said she wanted to see him and hear him pray. They told her he would be there in a short time, when she asked if they could not send for him, which they did, meeting him about a mile from the hotel. They hurried to the hotel and when he went in the room she spoke of his kindness toward her and said, "It is so good to be a Christian." Bro. Russell told her that Allie sent her love to her, when she said, "Tell Allie she didn't go to knock the gun off; no she didn't go to do it. Tomorrow is Sunday, isn't it? First day in Heaven will be Sunday; won't that be grand?" She then asked Bro. Russell to read and pray. When he took the Bible to read, she asked everyone to listen. He read several verses from the 8th Chapter of Romans, after which he offered up a prayer. During the reading and the prayer she exclaimed "Amen!" several times. After the prayer she said, "Let us sing something", and started the song "Shall we meet beyond the river' and all sang with her. At the conclusion she shouted "Hallelujah." She asked for another prayer and Bro. Russell prayed again. She then looked up and said, "Tell Allie good-bye", called her sister and said, "Hortie I'm going to Heaven", and then addressed her mother thus: "Mother, wasn't Zoie a lovely child, what will I tell Zoie? And there is Genie and Fannie." She was very weak by this time and seemed very anxious to pass over the river. She soon fell asleep from which she awoke in the arms of her Savior. During all the time she never complained and was all the time cheerful, dying peacefully about six o'clock Sunday morning.
The remains were brought to her home in Princeton, Sunday evening. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Monday afternoon. Reverend T.M. Kenney, of Trenton, preached the sermon, short talks were made by Reverend O.S. Russell and Dr. E. Glendenning, of Lineville. Although the weather was very disagreeable and the rain falling, the church was crowded and many were standing on the outside. After the service the remains were conveyed to the cemetery and interred by the side of her little sisters who had gone before.
Angie was born October 24, 1875, making her 18 years, 9 months and 4 days old. She was well educated, a student of Hardin College, at Mexico, Missouri, and a general favorite with her relatives and associates. The entire community sympathize with her parents, sisters and relatives in their bereavement, but can offer no words of condolence equal to those spoken by Angie during her last hours on earth.