Body of Well-Known Toulon Boy Laid to Rest Here Yesterday
Another tragedy in which a Toulon
man was a participant occurred last Saturday morning in Virginia when Walter
Catton shot himself. The details of the affair have not yet been received so
that no one can tell just what occurred. A telegram which was received stated
that a letter was following but up to this morning it had not yet been received.
The first that was received came
to Franklin Catton Saturday morning and was sent from Fortress, Virginia by Fred
L. Perry, formerly of Toulon and for whom Catton was working. It stated, "Your
brother Walter shot himself at 5:40 this morning. Must have died instantly. Wire
A later telegram from Glenn
Hodges stated when the body was started on its way and this said that a letter
would follow. The body reached here yesterday morning but the letter has not yet
come as he doubtless took a little more time to write it and get it started.
The coroner's verdict which came
with the body merely stated that the death was caused by a gun shot wound, self
inflicted. From the looks of the body the shot evidently entered under the chin
and and came out the top of the head. It is difficult to tell whether it was
from a shotgun or a rifle, but it looked more like a rifle shot. The face was
more or less scratched as if it might have taken place in a thicket or bunch of
bushes or possibly on the ground where there was a supply of gravel.
No one can imagine what may have
led to the shooting. Letters received by the family and friends recently seemed
to indicate that he was cheerful and contented. It is not known that he had any
particular troubles that might bring about such an act and it may never be known
what led to it.
Along early in January, Walter,
in company with Sidney Winans and Ted Perry drove to Virginia in the Perry car.
He took with him his surveying instruments and he and Perry expected to do some
tilling and surveying down there. A number of Toulon people are in the vicinity
of Norfolk and although some of them are separated by a few miles they are all
close enough together so that they often see each other.
Until more information is
received, it is impossible to know just what took place down there and it may be
that there will be nothing more known when letters do get through. The news was
a great shock to the members of the family who have the sympathy of the whole
Walter was a fine young man and
was held in the highest esteem by all.
The following sketch of his life
was read at the funeral service.
"Walter Clark Catton, eldest son
of Arthur H. and Anna M. Catton was born at West Jersey, Illinois, February 17,
1889 and died at Hickory, Virginia, April 30, 1921.
When but a few months old he
moved with his family to Toulon where he has since made his home. Here he
received his education in the public school, graduating with the class of 1905.
He became a member of the Congregational church under the pastorate of the
Reverend G. A. Rexford.
During his service in the World
War he was located at Laredo, Texas for several months, later he was transferred
to the Officers' Training School, Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky,
from whence he was discharged after the armistice.
He was a member of Toulon Lodge
No. 93, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star, Chapter N. 10 and of the local post of the American Legion. He was a man
who loved his home, a kind and affectionate son and brother, a true friend, a
delightful companion to those who knew him best, in his service to his country,
a soldier in the highest sense of the word.
He made his work a success
because he studied his profession and put into practice the result of that
study, and to the successful outcome of his work the many who employed him bear
Besides his parents there are
left to mourn his loss, his sisters, Mrs. A. D. Alldredge, Edelstein, Illinois;
Mrs. William F. Munro, Griswold, Iowa; and his brother Franklin and family of
Toulon and brother Miles, at home, also many relatives and friends.
The funeral services were held
yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Congregational church which was taxed to
its capacity with the relatives and friends of the deceased. The members of
Toulon Lodge No. 93, A. F. & A. M., Toulon Chapter No. 10, O. E. S. and the
American Legion attended as organizations. The services were in charge of
Reverend C. A. Parmiter, of Kewaunee, former pastor of the Toulon Congregational
church, and he was assisted by Reverend M. J. Norton.
The music was furnished by a
quartet consisting of Mrs. E. H. Lloyd, Mrs. Grace Brace, G. S. Walker, and H.
W. Lloyd, who sang, "In The Hour of Trial," "In Thy Love, O God," and "They'll
Be No Tears In Paradise." Mis Irene Nowlan accompanied them on the organ.
The bearers were Masons who had
been close friends of Walter's. They were Carl Vansickle, Forrest Scott (DePue),
W. S. Newton, Eugene Rennick, Lee Stillman and William Lehman. There were many
very beautiful floral offerings which testified to the love and respect of many
for the one who is gone. The Masons had charge of the service at the cemetery
and used the regular ceremony. The interment was in the Toulon cemetery.