Newspaper Unknown - June 24, 1927

This community was shocked last Friday morning when it was learned that Thomas S. Sawyer had cut his throat with suicidal intent. He had appeared to be in depressed spirits for some time but it was thought that he had brightened up somewhat and no one imagined that he contemplated any such tragic move.

For a long time he had been employed by a local produce dealer and through a business change a few weeks ago he was let out. The loss of his job together with loss of considerable money due to him from his employer and other financial losses is thought to have so preyed on his mind that he became temporarily unbalanced and committed the act while in his depression.

He made his home with his son, Melvin. Friday morning he sat down and read the paper as usual and then took a walk. Hen then returned home and shortly after he left the house. Nothing was thought about this as he had the habit of strolling around.

About 10 o'clock Mrs. Sawyer had occasion to go to the coal house for a bucket of coal and when she opened the door of the coal house she found Mr. Sawyer lying prone on the floor. She ran for help and a physician was summoned. Upon examination announced that nothing could be done to save the sufferer's life. He lingered until about 5 o'clock when he peacefully passed away.

Coroner Wilkins was notified and came up and empanelled a jury which after hearing the evidence returned a verdict of death from wounds self inflicted while temporarily insane.

Thomas S. Sawyer, son of Wm. And Cynthia Sawyer, was born at Circleville, Ohio, June 25, 1854 and died June 24, 1927, lacking one day of being 73 years of age.

On September 6, 1876, he was married to Miss Margery Brown. To this union four children were born. One son, Fred, dying in infancy, and one son, Herman died June 9, 1910.

His wife preceded him in death November 10, 1895.

Deceased was for many years a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the K. of P. lodge.

He is survived by one son, Melvin, and one daughter, Mrs. Wm. Mason, both of this city; one sister, Mrs. George Higgins, Cuba, Missouri; two half sisters, Mrs. Ella Longerbon of Williamsville and Mrs. Ida Longerbon of Cantrall; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the residence, Sunday afternoon, June 26, at 3 o'clock, Rev. Elmer Stackhouse of Williamsville officiating.

The pall bearers were: J. C. Powell and John Holscheiser for the Woodmen and Duff Brookins, Frank Wilcox, Louis Cordell and C. P. Dunlap for the K. of P.

Interment was made in the Brittin cemetery near Cantrall.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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