DEAD IN WAGON BED. Red Bluff, Sept. 28 — David Bucklew, an old man who has lived in this county for thirty years past, was found lying dead in his wagonbed, after his runaway team was stopped near his place on Cottonwood Creek, twenty-five miles west of here, today. A bullet hole was found in his head, the bullet having entered just over his left eye. It is thought that he was killed by someone lying in ambush by the side of the road. There is considerable mystery connected with his death.
Source: Los Angeles Times, September 29, 1902.
Red Bluff, Sept. 28. – David Bucklew was shot and fatally wounded at 10 o’clock this morning near Hunter School House, twenty-five miles west of Red Bluff by his neighbor, William Ham, who says he fired in self defense. Bucklew was shot as he was riding in a wagon. The team ran 200 yards with him and struck a tree near Ross Gossett’s house. The pistol bullet entered his forehead and he lived two hours, not regaining consciousness. His pistol and hat were found near where the shooting occurred. Ham came to town and two hours later was arrested by Sheriff Bogard. After a conference with his attorney he admitted firing the fatal shot. There was an old grudge between the two men and Bucklew always carried a pistol. Ham was armed when they met this morning and it is supposed that when Bucklew drew his pistol Ham was too quick for him. Ham has made no statement of the details.
Source: San Francisco Call, September 29, 1902.