1907: JEROME; Lottie Lewis Shot, January 1.
"SHOOTS HERSELF IN HEAD WITH PISTOL."
"After indulging in an overdose of intoxicating beverages, celebrating the dying of the year 1906, Lottie Lewis, a resident of the Tenderloin district of Jerome, pulled a pistol from the pocket of her skirt with the intention of 'shooting in' the New Year."
"Instead, Lottie shot herself in the chin, the bullet passing upward through the brain, death ensuing some seven minutes later."
"With other convivial companions, Lottie was seated at the festal board when the first whistle sounded, announcing the birth of a new year."
"In attempting to join in the revolver fusillade that followed, the Lewis woman's pistol was accidentally discharged, and although a physician was summoned immediately to look after her wound, she died shortly after the accident."
"The deceased was a stranger in Jerome, having arrived there from Los Angeles only two weeks ago. Nothing is known of her previous history, and it is not known whether any relatives survive her."
(Weekly Arizona Journal-Miner; Prescott; Wednesday, January 9, 1907; page 2, column 4; from Wednesday's Daily.)
"The Jerome city authorities have decided to prohibit the firing out of the old year with firearms; this following the accidental death in that city of a woman who was following this custom." (Prescott Weekly Courier; January 11, 1907; page 2, column 1.)