Miss Minnie Moine - 1875
Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 5/8/2017 at 22:45:52
Sunday, October 3, 1875
Paper: Dubuque Daily Times (Dubuque, Iowa)
Minnie, oldest daughter of John and Clarissa Moine, who lives two miles west of Brush Creek, has been sick for two years, confined to her room most of the time. Of late she seems to be improving so as to be able to walk to the garden. She has been subject to fits of despondency, at which times she imagines she will never get well, that she is a burden to her parents, and has a strong desire to end her life. Last Thursday she appeared well as usual; her mother was in a remote part of the house and hearing a scream hastened to Minnie’s room to find her writhing in terrible agony, from the effects of strychnine. She was able to talk, and upon her mother asking her “what’s the matter, Minnie?” replied, “Oh, Mother! I’ve taken strychnine; can you forgive me? You know I can never get well.” She suffered terribly until the arrival of Dr. Waldron, who soon administered to her relief. This is not the first time the girl has attempted suicide; but she says she will not try it again. - Brush Creek News
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