WHITE, Owen 1862-1925
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Date: 3/23/2015 at 16:14:03
Conrad Auctioneer Commits Suicide By Hanging
Owen White Takes Own Life In His Barn Last Saturday Morning
Poor Health Was the Cause
Lifeless Body Found By Daughter Twenty Minutes After Deed Was Committed
Owen White, well known auctioneer at Conrad, committed suicide by hanging himself in his barn last Saturday forenoon. Maxine, the youngest daughter, found the lifeless body of her father suspended from the top of a ladder in the barn about eleven o'clock. Mr. White was seen by members of the family shortly before that and it is not believed that the deed was committed more than twenty minutes before the body was discovered.
Poor health is believed to have been the cause of the suicide. Mr. White was afflicted with creeping paralysis from which he believed that he could not be cured. While despondent over the condition of his health, he never indicated that he had intentions of taking his own life.
Mr. White was about sixty years old. He was a native of Indiana and came with his family to Conrad twenty years ago. For many years he followed the business of auctioneer during the public sale season and engaged in day labor during the summer months.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Conrad Monday afternoon, with Rev. E. E. Clements officiating. The services were very largely attended by neighbors and old friends. Interment was made in the Conrad cemetery.
Mr. White is survived by his wife and six daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Lawrence Kline of this county; Mrs. Mabel Erickson of Washington; Nellie who resides in Oregon; Edna of Iowa city, and Maxine who has been staying at home.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 22 October 1925, pg 1
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