Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Carringers in the News -- District Attorney Marion Carringer Shot in 1915 in Forest County, Pennsylvania.

 It's time for another edition of "Carringers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Carringer (my mother's maiden surname) that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Harrisburg [Penn.] Telegraph newspaper dated 13 August 1915:

The transcription of this article is:  

"Irate Father Shoots the District Attorney of Forest County

"Warren, Pa., Aug. 12 -- Marion Carringer, district attorney of Forest county, was shot and probably fatally injured in his office at Tionesta today.  Bereno Schectino, charged with firing the shots, was overpowered after he had menaced a crowd of citizens and police with his revolver.  Threats of lynching were made, but the police succeeded in landing the man in jail unharmed.

"Carringer was taken to the Tionesta Hospital where it was said he probably would die.

"Several shots were fired through the closed door of Carringer's office and one took effect in the officials left lung and the others in his back.  Schectino, whose 15-year-old daughter figured in a sensational case here a year ago, accused the district attorney of neglect of duty in connection with the case."

The source citation is:

"Irate Father Shoots the District Attorney of Forest County," Harrisburg [Penn.] Telegraph newspaper, Friday, 13 August 1915, page 1, column 4, Marion Carringer article;   MyHeritage, Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers, 1791-1963 (https://www.myheritage.com : accessed 22 November 2021).

This article provides a look at a crucial event in Marion Carringer's life and in the life of Forest County, Pennsylvania.  He did survive and lived until 1973, living out his life in Forest County, Pennsylvania.

Marion SAubrey Carring (1876-1973) was born 5 November 1876 in Sheakleyville, Pennsylvania, the son of Milo Cerastes and Mary Amanda (Robinson) Carringer.  He married June Herman (185-1972) on 10 December 1919 in Tionesta, Pennsylvania.  They had four children, all born in Tionesta.  Marion  Carringer died 10 June 1973 in Tionesta.

Marion Aubrey Carringer is my 2nd cousin twice removed, with common ancestors of my 3rd great-grandparents Daniel and Elizabeth (King) Spangler and my 4th great-grandparents Martin and Magdalena (Hoax) Carringer.

There are hundreds of Carringer "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them. Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a newspaper article tells us of an incident in the life of a relative.  I am glad that I can honor Marion Aubrey Carringer today.

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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