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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, July 22, 1897 Edition
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The Review was the first paper to announce the news of the suicide that occurred at West Lebanon last Thursday morning and the only paper in the county that made any reference to it last week. Coroner T.A. clifton, who was summoned to the scene, rendered a verdict of death from suicide by handing. Cause unknown. William Wall, who thus mysteriously took his own life, was an Englishman, who came to this country from New Ross, England, about twelve years ago. He was 46 years old and unmarried having no relatives in this country. For the last 5 years he has been in the employ of Judy & Goodwine of West Lebanon, and had charge of their celebrated herd of Pioledangus cattle. He was very trusty and a remarkably good man with cattle, very even tempered and kind, and usually cheerful. Of late, part of the herd had been kept in the Fleming barn, where they were being perpared for exhibit at the fairs by Wall, who slept in the barn. He had complained considerably of heat and said he felt much depressed by it, but there was noticed nothing unusual about him. He was last seen alive about 8 o'clock Wednesday evening at the barn by Mr. Fleming, when the latter went in to put up a driving team, when Wall seemed in his usual spirits. The body was discovered by Fleming about half past five o'clock Thursday morning, when he went into the mow, where Wall's bed was, to throw down hay, swinging from a rafter near the bed. He had been dead, from appearances, some hours, having probably taken his life about 10 or 11 o'clock Wednesday night. When cut down he was in his usual working garb, his watch was running in his pocket, and there was found on his person and about his effects over $90 in cash. There was also found among his effects, a certificate of deposit on the Perrin National Back at Lafayette for $900. Mr. Judy says here is due him from the firm of Judy & Goodwine, about $200. A letter was also found, disclosing the fact that he had a brother named Thomas and a sister, Fanny, living in New Ross, England. All his effects were gathered together by Mr. Clifton and brought here Saturday and turned over to County Treasurer Fleming. In the absence of a will, an administrator will be appointed by the Clerk of the Court, and his relatives, who have been notified of the sad ending of their brother's life by Mr. Judy, will come forward in due time and claim the state. Deceased was sober and industrious and well thought of by his employers and all who knew him. The funeral of Mrs. Mattie Williams was probably the saddest and largest occuring in this place for years. At her death, five of her brothers and sisters fainted. The death was very sudden and nerves were unable to stand the shock. (Pine Village)

Date: 7/22/1897
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003605
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 6/24/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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