Contributed by Corsby1
Description: Mrs. Edna Cotton killedDate: March 8 1902
Newspaper published in: Tucson
Mrs. Edna Cotton, wife of Colonel W.J. Cotton, who formerly resided in this city, shot herself accidentally through the heart Sunday afternoon at Oakland, Calofornia. The accident occurred at the Hotel Metropole while preparing to attend a dinner to be given by her husband at the Athenian Club. Death was almost instantaneous. Colonel Cotton was then at the Athenian Club, making the final arrangements for the affair to be given by him.
Mrs. Cotton was in their apartment in the hotel preparing to dress for the evening. With her was Miss Mable Hall, who was to accompany her to the dinner party. On a table in the front room of the suite was lying Colonel Cotton’s revolver. Mrs. Cotton took up the weapon to lay it away. While she was placing it in the trunk in the bedroom the weapon was discharged and Mrs. Cotton dropped dead on the floor between the trunk and the bed.
No one knows exactly how the weapon came to be discharged. It is supposed that the trigger caught on something as Mrs. Cotton was about to place it in the trunk. Colonel Cotton is distracted.
Colonel and Mrs. Cotton were well known in Phoenix, they having lived here several years ago. Mrs. Cotton was married to Colonel Cotton some twelve years ago in Phoenix. She was known to most of the older residents of the town as Miss Edna Warren. Colonel Cotton was general passenger and freight agent of the M. & P. during the time he remained in the city. They resided east of town in an elegant home. The news of Mrs. Cotton’s untimely end created considerable talk on the streets yesterday. – Gazette.