Martin C. Golden

Dr. Frederick D. Smithís Testimony

The following six witnesses testified in Uncle Martinís Coronerís Court

 

Dr. Frederick D. Smith

Hilda Olson

Mrs. Ida Wilton

Dr. Herman Bayer

Thomas Mc Carthey

Edward Mc Carthey

In the Coronerís Court of Ottawa County

 

In the matter of the inquest

to ascertain cause of death of

Martin C. Golden

 

Bender & Brewer, Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

In the coronerís court for the county of Ottawa

†††††††††††† Before Thomas J. Kiel, Corner, and a Jury.

†††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† Coopersville, Mich., April 26, 1906

 

In the Matter of

Martin C. Golden

 

Dr. Frederick D. Smith, being called as a witness and being first duly sworn by the coroner to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and being interrogated by Mr. Dan F. Pagelsen, Prosecuting Attorney, testified as follows.

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Q

Where do you reside, doctor?

A

Coopersville

 

 

Q

What is your business?

A

Practicing medicine and surgery.

 

 

Q

How long have you practiced medicine and surgery?

A

36 years

 

 

Q

You are a graduate from what school?

A

The Pennsylvania University

 

 

Q

As such, doctor, where you called to the home of Martin C, Golden at Dennison?† On the night of the 23rd day of April?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

What did you find there?† Just give the jury a full description.

A

I found Martin Golden in his own house, laying on the couch, with a wound in his head.† It looked as though it might be a bullet wound, bleeding from the hemorrhage from the wound, and I probed the wound and he had some heart depression; I gave him some heart stimulants.

 

 

Q

Anything more, just tell everything you did there and what you found particularly.

A

I found nothing more than what I have stated.

 

 

Q

That is all?

A

That is all.

 

 

Q

You were not present when the man died?

A

I left there about two oíclock; I understand he died about three.† He was failing very rapidly when I left there, his heart was failing, and I made up my mind he could not live long.

 

 

Q

Who was there with you at the time?

A

Dr. Fuller of Grand Rapids and Dr. Bayer.

 

 

Q

You made no examination as to the course of the bullet, of course?

A

Well, I did, I probed and made up my mind the bullet had entered his brain, and the condition of the man, his heart and all, I made up my mind he could not live.

 

 

Q

Did you find any bullet wound in the back of his head?

A

No sir.

 

 

Q

In the region of the cerebellum?

A

No sir.

 

 

Q

Did you make an examination for it?

A

I did.

 

 

Q

The only wound you found was the one immediately above the left eye?

A

Yes sir.

 

 

Q

About an inch above the left eye, and one small scalp wound just below the line of the hair?

A

Yes sir.

 

 

Q

Who was there when you got there in the house?

A

The neighbors, I donít remember all of them, but I think there was Thomas Mc Carthey, Junior and Thomas Mc Carthey, Senior, Edward Mc Carthey.

 

 

Q

Sport Mc Carthey?

A

Yes sir; Mrs. Golden she was there and William Fitzpatrick, I think Alexander Carr; I donít know whether Mr. Malone was there; I saw him while I was there; I think there was a good many people there, a good many came while I was there, some came from Coopersville.

 

 

 

Mr. Pagelsen: That is all.

 

 

 

(further hearing was here adjourned until Thursday, May 10, 1906 at 10 A.M., at the same place)