Re: GEORGE MALCOM WRIGHT - Correction
You will find a death certificate for a George M. Wright who passed away in Woodland, Cowlitz Co., WA here:
Here is an account from the Oregonian. Be warned, it is very graphic and not quite the tale you were told.
The Oregonian (Portland, OR) June 20, 1908 Page 6
Bullet Rips Head Open
Woodland Marshall Fatally Wounded by Accidental Discharge of Gun
Woodland, Wa., June 19
City Marshall G M Wright accidentally and perhaps fatally shot himself about 10:30 o'clock last night, the ball from his .38 colt revolver entering just above the right eye and coming out at the edge of the hair. The course of the bullet was almost straight up to the forehead, and shattered the bone so badly that a part of the skull, about one inch wide and three inches long, had to be removed.
Since the fire of last Saturday, the Marshall has been making his quarters in the livery barn of W F Martin. From appearances of the room where the tragedy occurred, he had sat down near the west wall of the office, and in handling his pistol it was discharged, the ball entering his head. He is resting well today despite the fact that some brain matter had to be removed in the operation.
Wright has been a resident of Woodland for about a year, coming here from Chehalis. He has a wife and three daughters. Chances for his recovery are considered very slight.
I hope this helps.