Charlottie C GIBSON[1]

Female Abt 1885 - 1931


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  • Born  Abt 1885  Princeton, Mercer County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Female 
    Census  21 Apr 1910  Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census  09 Jan 1920  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census  10 Apr 1930  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died  20 Sep 1931  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Buried  Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Mother, Shot By 16-Year-Old Son, Dies Here
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      'Don't Cry, It Wasn't Your Fault,' Her Parting Plea.
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      A mother, busy cooking supper Saturday night, turned to her son, saying, "Here Joe, take this old bulb out and shoot at it with that last bullet in your gun. Let's get rid of that high powered cartridge."

      She turned again to stir the meal on the stove.

      A few minutes later a bullet struck her below the shoulder blade and lodged in her spine. She died 16 hours later.

      Mrs. Lottie Gibson Roland, 46, was the mother who was the victim of the ricocheting of the bullet which she directed her son, Joseph, to fire.

      The 16-year-old son, frantic with grief over the accident, stayed at his mother's bedside hour after hour Saturday while she, again and again, comforted him by telling him "it wasn't your fault."

      She died at 10 a.m. at Iowa Methodist hospital. Conscious to the end, her last words were, "Don't cry, it wasn't your fault."

      Mrs. Roland was cooking supper at her farm home, South East Fourteenth st. and Watrous ave., Saturday night when she directed her son to get rid of the bullet. The son, Joseph, had been his mother's chief aid since his older sister had married and movedaway. He had worked about the house, helped in the kitchen, trying to relieve his mother of the additional work following the departure of the sister.

      The other boys in the family did the chores.

      Joseph had been hunting ground squirrels in the pasture near the house, just before he decided it was time to help with supper.

      During the Iowa state fair his younger brother, Howard, had found a .22 caliber cartridge at the fairgrounds. It had been around the house since and Mrs. Roland felt it would be best to be rid of it.

      She gave Joseph an old light bulb and told him to use it as a target for the shell.

      Joseph went to the top of the hill back of the house after placing the bulb at least 50 yards south of the structure. His shot at the target would have traveled a path parallel to the house and and 50 yards from it if it had not been deflected.

      Instead the lead slug struck a barrel hoop, crashed through the two walls of an out building, through the frame of the screen door and into the house where it struck the mother, who was bent over the kitchen stove preparing supper.

      Hysterical with remorse, Joseph was watched carefully by his friends Saturday night to see that no harm came to him after his mother was taken to the hospital. No hope was held for her recovery even then.

      Joseph is a student at Lincoln High school. He is the fifth child in a family of nine.

      He is on the football squad this year, trying out for a place on the second team.

      N. H. Weeks, principal of Lincoln High, characterized him as a quiet sort of boy who had not engaged in many outside activities at the school. He has made good grades in his school work, he said.

      His father, George Roland, farms 160 acres just south of the city. He and his wife have lived south of Des Moines for 17 years.

      They spent the first years of their married life near Ottumwa. Mrs. Roland was Lottie Gibson and lived in Des Moines before her marriage.

      The oldest son, Morgan, is married as is the oldest daughter, Mrs. Lucille Smith.

      The other children are Warren, Harold, Howard, Dewey, Frederick and the baby girl, Barbara.

      The small children played around the yard Sunday, unaware of the tragedy in their home. The boy, Joseph, lay on a bed and sobbed continually, in view of the place where the careening bullet had struck his mother.

      Members of the family could not console him, although they tried continually.

      Funeral arrangements are pending until a sister in Los Angeles, Mrs. Hattie Whittaker, arrives here.

      Other survivors are George Gibson and Isaac Gibson of Des Moines, brothers, Mrs. R. M. Thomas and Mrs. Charles Van Cleve of Des Moines, and Mrs. John Laws of Colfax, sisters.

      The oldest son and his wife will continue the home for the bereaved father and children for the present.

      Joseph was taken to police headquarters following the accident for questioning. He was sobbing constantly but told police the details of the accident. Police merely wanted to question him. They placed no blame on him for the accidental shooting.

      He told them he had never fired a bullet like the one which caused his mother's death before.

      Members of the family said he had used the rifle for hunting and understood the use of a gun.

      Coroner William Carpenter, who was called following the death Sunday morning, pronounced the case purely accidental.
      [The Des Moines Register (IA) - September 21, 1931 - Page 1,9, Column 1]
    Person ID  I18002108  Our Ancestors
    Last Modified  4 Jun 2018 

    Father  Timothy GIBSON,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Melissa S MALLEY,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  Date/Location Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2637080  Group Sheet

    Family  George Alfred ROLAND,   b. 28 Jan 1888, Durham, Marion County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1969, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Oct 1905  Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Morgan Geraldine ROLAND,   b. 23 Apr 1906, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1974, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Bessie Lucille ROLAND,   b. 16 Jun 1907, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 1998, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ray Warner ROLAND,   b. 30 Jul 1909, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1977, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. George Harold ROLAND,   b. 02 Feb 1912, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1995, Tomball, Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Joseph Clinton ROLAND,   b. 13 Dec 1914, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1988, Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Howard Le Roy ROLAND,   b. 06 May 1919, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1986, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Dewey Rex ROLAND,   b. 28 Aug 1921, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 2003, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Frederick Eugene ROLAND,   b. 18 Dec 1925, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Apr 2002, West Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Barbara C ROLAND,   b. 04 Jul 1929, , , Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 2014, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F34919310  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1885 - Princeton, Mercer County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Oct 1905 - Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 21 Apr 1910 - Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 09 Jan 1920 - Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 10 Apr 1930 - Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Sep 1931 - Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Roland Family 1925
    Roland Family 1925
    Standing (l-r): Howard LeRoy, Dewey Rex ROLAND
    Sitting: Charlotte Gibson ROLAND, Frederick Eugene ROLAND

    Headstones
    ROLAND, Charlottie C.
    ROLAND, Charlottie C.
    Mother
    1885 -- 1931

  • Sources 
    1. [S1719] Glendale Cemetery, (On-Line Database, Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk, IA, Find-a-Grave, (http://www.findagrave.com)), Find-a-Grave Memorial ID: 71862072.

    2. [S497] Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, (On-Line Database, Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, (http://familysearch.org)), Indexing Project (Batch) #: M86803-1, System Origin: Iowa-VR, GS Film #: 979667, Reference ID: 2:3K3X53W.

    3. [S29] 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, (Digital images. 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Provo, UT, 2006, (www.ancestry.com)), Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, ED 147, p. 7 (penned), 186A (stamped), dwelling 160, family 166, George A Roland. Image 13/29..

    4. [S31] 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, (Digital images. 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Provo, UT. 2002, (www.ancestry.com)), Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, ED 73, p. 6 (penned), 6A (stamped), dwelling 130, famiy 130, George A Roland. Image 11/15..

    5. [S32] 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, (Digital images. 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Provo, UT, 2002, (www.ancestry.com)), Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, ED 12, p. 9 (penned), 119A (stamped), dwelling 96, family 103, George A Roland. Image 14/38..

    6. [S78255962] Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940, (On-Line Database, Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, (www.ancestry.com)), Certificate #: 877-1245.

    7. [S1625] Newspaper, (Digital images. Newspapers, (www.newspapers.com)), The Des Moines Register (IA) - September 21, 1931 - Page 1,9, Column 1.


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