Thursday, January 20, 2011

Aldrich Jackson Reynolds

My gg-Grandfather, Aldrich "Jack" Reynolds was born in Forestville Iowa in 1849. He followed his elder brother to Fort Dodge Iowa around 1875 and operated a store for his brother.
Jack was an accomplished gunsmith, expert hunter and won numerous shooting contests. He served briefly in the Spanish American War.
The irony of Jack's life is in the manner of his death; At 2:15 pm on the 11th of August 1898, Jack was inspecting a 32 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol. While the pistol was supposedly empty, a round in the chamber discharged and struck Jack in the heart, instantly killing him.
Jack was buried in Fort Dodge on the 14th of Aug 1898, in what was the largest funeral up till that time in the city.


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