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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, September 18, 1902 Edition
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Died Earl S., son of Isaac and Mary Vanleer, of Marshfield, died September 5, 1902. Funeral was held at the residence of the parents on Saturday, September 6, 1902, at 10 o'clock a.m. Rev. A. F. Iswonger of the Free Methodist church officiating. The child was almost seven months old. Interment was made in the Shankland Hill cemetery. Mrs. Sam. D. Landon after a brief illness died at her home in Attica last Saturday morning. On Thursday she had eaten dinner at her sister's, Mrs. W. J. Mawherter and that night suffered greatly until she died. Her disease was paralysis, from which she had suffered for a year or more. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon Rev. Wm. Wilmer officiating. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery. The Grave William L. Mahaffey died early Friday morning at his home in Jordan Township of typhoid fever, after an illness of six weeks, in 44th years of his life, leaving a wife and two children. The funeral was preached by Rev. Mr. Zilmer, of Plymouth, of the Church of God at Pleasant View church, at 11 o'clock a.m. Sunday, September 14, 1902. Interment was made in West Lebanon cemetery. William F. Vester died at the home of his father, Jacob Vester, after a short illness, from obstruction of the intestine, in his 13th year. The parents live in Tippecanoe County, east of Green Hill. His death occured Sunday, September 14, 1902. Funeral was held at the German church and interment was made in the church cemetery. Death By Suicide Mary Magdelene Elliott, of Pine Township, aged 16, takes her life with her Father's revolver. Before 7 o'clock Sunday morning Coroner Sentman was called to go to Pine Township to hold an inquest on the body of Miss Mary Magdelene Elliot, aged 16 years, the only child of Mr. Mrs. Porter Elliott, residing 1 1/2 miles east of Rainsville, in Pine Township, this county. The following is the report in full of the Coroner's finding in the case: State of Indiana County of Warren Report of an Inquest held by Charles Sentman, Coroner of Warren County, Indiana, on the 14th day of September 1902, at the town of Rainsville, in said county, over the body of Mary Elliot, deceased. On the morning of September 14, 1902, being notified that a dead body was found in the woods near the town of Rainsville, I immediately went to said point and found the body of Mary Elliot in the woods, near said town, and I summoned the following witnesses who, after being duly sworn, testified as follows: Porter Elliot Question: State your name, age and residence? Answer: Porter Elliot, I am fifty years old and a resident of Pine Township, Warren County, Indiana. Question: What relation are you to Mary Elliott the deceased person over whose body this inquest is being held? Ans: I am her father. Ques: How old was she? Ans: Sixteen years the 17th of last June. Ques: Where did you last see her alive? Ans: At my home yesterday, about twenty minutes after 3 p.m., when she left home and started to Rainsville on horseback. She did not return home last evening and we went in search of her, but could not find her. Again this morning myself and wife started to hunt the girl and a short time before sun up we found her dead body in an open wood about one-fourth mile west of Rainsville. Ques: Had she made any threat of killing herself? Ques: Did you suspicion her to be mentally demented? Ans: No sir. She was disposed to isolate herself and read; but when she left she was in the best of spirits. Ques: Have you seen the note left by her? Ans: Yes, but I am unable to identify her hand. George W. Bernard Ques: State your name, age, residence and occupation? Ans: George W. Bernard, 45 years old, Rainsville, occupation, Physician. Ques: have you made an examination of the body of Mary Elliott? Ans: Yes, sir. Ques: What in your opinion, caused death? Ans: That death was produced by a revolver shot in the mouth, which penetrated the brain. There were no other marks of violence on her body. In my opinion the shot was fired by the deceased for the purpose of killing herself. I found the body of said Mary Elliott lying on the ground, in an open woods, about one quarter of a mile west of Rainsville, in said county. The body seemed to have been dead fifteen or sixteen hours. There were no external signs of violence on her body except some blood on her face. This blood, upon examination was found to be from a revolver shot which had been fired in the mouth and which had caused instant death. Under the body was found a 32-caliber revolver, with all the chambers loaded excepting one in which there was a blank shell. In a cloak near the body I found a card on which was written: "In my slippers a note you will find." Upon examination of the slippers I found a note to the parents of the deceased and also a note addressed to the public. The latter of which I hereunto attach. There were no valuables found on the body of the deceased. She was sixteen years old the 17th day of June, 1902. After hearing the evidence and examining the body and notes aforesaid I find that the deceased came to her death by her own hand, after a deliberate determination to accomplish such a purpose. In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name this the 15th day of September 1902. Charles W. Sentman, Coroner. The Letter In justice to poor invalid mamma and the community, friends and neighbors, I leave this letter in which I have endeavored to explain as intelligently as in my power the motive and cause for my crime. I doubt my ability to be sufficiently explicit in my explanation, of course, but perhaps people may be able to comprehend what I may say. I appeal to those that find this to give careful notice to what I may say. I thought after all that had been said and done I might be allowed a hearing even after my death. As I perhaps know as much about our affairs as any one else, and think my parents deserve that much justice. As I have made up my mind I can't stand it and can't live in such contention as in this neighborhood, I have made up my mind to get out of it. As all this contumely is enough to drive anyone crazy. And may be after I am dead, folks will let my parents live in peace if they won't let med do so. Many reading this will of course think my arguments are not very conclusive but I shall not care. I appeal to the people of this community to treat my father at least white (as Papa expresses it) in this affair. For it will be very hard for him to bear this last blow for I am his only daughter; and it will be unutterably sad for him to bear and I think people should show a little more mercy than they did last Winter when I was missing. I am right and Father will see in time my course was best. Hated and despised I am and I am so tired of it all, I sincerely regret I had the misfortune to incur people's wrath. And Mother she will see too it is all for the best But I sincerely hope the People will be more patient wither her in her sad affliction for it will be a shock to her I am afraid. Mother was my friend at least, and I may seem a heartless daughter to some to go do something like this but I am right. They do not understand our circumstances. Oh! No one knows how wretched I am. Of course I hate to discuss our wrongs for I am thoroughly tired of the subject. But in order to disclose the cause of my suicide I must needs go over the whole thing poignant as the recollection. And I hope folks will give me a respectful hearing. Mary Madelene Elliott It seems that my adventure of Last January was indeed a rather costly experience, considering that it caused many of our former friends to desert us and it also gave us much notoriety we did not seek. And it did not serve to better my reputation (which had always been good) for when I came home from my friends, the Dales, ignorant shameless gossips began to make malicious and insinuating remarks about my character and my Father's, and their thoughtless remarks caused many nice people to think ill of us and to forsake us, but they were too discreet to explain the reason. Then the reporters misconstrued our troubles last winter greatly and put us at a disadvantage and made it extremely embarrassing saying things they knew were not so or perhaps they were misinformed. At least I am sure I have had all the experience with reporters that I want. Then unknown parties leave us notices on our door step and curse and abuse Father, and consign us to hell if papa did not make hast and go away. It seems the favorite practice of some people to inflict misery on others and keep them in continual torment and doubt. It is inexcusable when Mama is sick folks need not thought that their acrimonious and vicious treatment of us would serve to lead us any nearer Christianity, or make us repent of our sins, for we feel we are the ones who have been persecuted and sinned against. Our life has been anything but harmonious to us since last January 9th, as now we have been in imminent danger of being blown up by dynamite for though Papa does not fear anything of the kind, it is anything but pleasing to poor Mama in her sore affliction for people to send us those notices. People do not guess one to hate the misery they have inflicted on us. It is hard for anyone to fully appreciate our deplorable condition in life. It is so difficult to discriminate friend from foe. It is enough to discourage a saint, and I never pretended to be a saint, I try to not let my parents know how miserably I feel about it all, for they have done the best they knew how, to make me happy. But I cannot stand it any longer to live in a community where poor Mother has to be persecuted and abused in her sickness and where they hate Father on my account and try to drive him away from the home he has worked so hard for all his life. I am going for a ride this afternoon and purposely to carry out my plan. My parents wished me to get the mail this evening and so you see it makes it quite easy for me. I am going to conceal one of Papa's revolvers on my person in a way that Mama will never suspect it while she is dressing me. I will be seen in Rainsville and then no one can say Papa had anything to do with my death. I do not know on which road I will stop coming home from town. I will probably dismount as my horse will shy at the crack of the revolver and throw me off, not that I care, but I rather the weapon would be found in my hand, so that everyone will know I did the deed, as I wish to have the credit for myself. I detest the idea of anyone else getting the credit. Anyhow I may change my mind about some matters in my plan, at least I will see. The horse she road was tied to a tree about three feet from the spot where she committed the act, and remained there until the next morning. It had become restless and had pawed the ground, but had not tread upon the body. The body was found reclining upon the right side, the revolver under her. Evidently she had fired the fatal shot in a kneeling position. The ball lodged in the brain at the back of the head. In dress was found a letter from a gentlemen friend in Muncie, Ind., which she had not opened, although it was addressed to her and which she had gotten when she went for the mail. Her letter was in a white envelope and was addressed as follows: "To whom this may concern and in consideration for the community. The one finding this letter will find sufficient explanation in it for my death. In it will be the necessary clue." The revolver used was one purchased by her father over three weeks ago at Green's hardware store in Attica. about that time Whitecap letters had been left at the Elliott home, abusive and threatening the revolver was gotten with which to defend himself and family in the event of a cowardly attack by the authors of the letters. The funeral was held last Monday at 2 o'clock p.m., at the Rainsville church, attended by a large concourse of people. Interment was made in the gray cemetery.

Date: 9/18/1902
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003805
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 4/14/2015
Entered By: Chris Brown

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