Herman Reitz Suicide
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Jury Rules Tice Man Shot Self
Petersburg, May 15 - A verdict of death caused by shooting himself in the head with a .22 caliber rifle while temporarily insane was returned by a coroner's jury investigating the death of Herman Reitz, prominent farmer living north of Tice, at the inquest held this morning. Reitz's body was found this morning about 6:30 o'clock by his wife.

About 6 o'clock this morning, Mrs. Reitz testified at the inquest, she heard a sound as a falling body, but did not investigate. When she got up half an hour later she saw her husband's body lying on the floor. From the appearance of the body, it looked as though Mr. Reitz had sit on the edge of the bed when he fired the shot. He was 60 years old.

The inquest was conducted by Dr. H.E. Wilkins, coroner of Menard county. The jurors were: Roy Sampson, Richard Garrets, William Stoot, George Robinson, William Sampson, and John Libbons.

In 1905 Mr. Reitz's father took his own life on the same farm by jumping in a well. No arrangements have been made for the funeral as yet. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Nellie.

Submitted by: Matthew

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