Retired Army Officer Slain Los Angeles Times (part two, p. 10) 3 Apr 1942
APRIL 3, 1942. PART 1.1 65 on E. S. Retired Army Officer Slain in Duel Over Home Guard Wife and Opponent, in Field Artillery in Last World War, Wounded Seriously in Gun Battle Continued from First Page against his "blasts." Police reported that Maj. Wenstrom told Maj. Hammett: "If you come over and tell that to my face I'll knock your beak off." Maj. Hammett presumably ao cepted the challenge. Police said Maj. Hammett ap- proached the Wenstrom resi- dence armed with a .45-caliber automatic in each hand and a carpenter's hammer stuck in his belt. PAIR MEET Maj. Wenstrom came through the front door onto the porch of his home as Maj. Hammett came up the driveway. When Maj. Hammett was about 20 feet from the porch the firing started. Police could find no witnesses who could say whether the men spoke before the gun blasts or not. Michel A. Levy, president of the Retail Merchants Association of Santa Barbara, and his wife were entertaining a Corp. Wheeler from Camp Cook and other guests in their home across the street. RUN TO JIOME Levy reported they heard the blasts of the guns, almost like a short burst from a machine gun, and then the scream of Mrs. Wenstrom. Levy told police he and his guests ran to the Wenstrom home where they found Wenstrom dead, Hammett lying in the driveway unconscious and Mrs. Wenstrom standing critically wounded leaning against the railing of the porch. She was hysterical although critically wounded and kept screaming until she suddenly lost consciousness, Levy said. Maj. Hammett, a 6-foot-4 socialite, was a field artillery captain in the World War. He was the wealthy son-in-law of W. H. Cowles, Spokane (Wash.) newspaper publisher. The Hammetts have two sons, Benny, 6, and Larry, 9. Hammett has been a patron of arts and is president of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Philanthropist Dies NEW ROCHE LLE (NT.) April 2. (&) Matthew J. Carney, 67, former vice-president and di rector of the Union Carbide & Carbon Corp., philanthropist and ecclesiastical worker, died today at his home.