SHOUP, John 1858-1931
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Date: 8/25/2015 at 14:46:27
Reinbeck Man Suicides Because Of Poor Health
John Shoup Shoots Himself In Basement Of Son's Home Tuesday
Funeral At Reinbeck This Afternoon
Family Had Only Moved to New Location the Day Before the Suicide
John Shoup committed suicide at the home of his son three miles south of Reinbeck Tuesday forenoon by shooting himself with a shotgun. He placed the muzzle of the gun to his chest and pulled the trigger with the help of a wagon rod. The son heard the discharge of the gun. He was in the yard at the time. He rushed into the basement and found his father lying on the floor. He died within a few moments without regaining consciousness.
Mr. Shoup had been suffering from asthma and heart trouble for a number of years which brought on a condition of despondency that prompted the suicide. The family had been keeping rather a close watch on him during the past year to prevent him from doing injury to himself. They had moved only the day before from a farm near Hicks and they were not yet settled in their changed location, and the gun was left where the father found it.
Mr. Shoup had been making his home since 1912 with his sons, R. C. who has been living in Conrad the past year, and John, who has been farming in Black Hawk township. There is one daughter, Mrs. Gussie King, whose home is in Chicago and with whom the deceased's wife has been making her home.
The farm where the suicide took place is in Tama county. The Tama coroner did not regard an inquest necessary.
Funeral services will be held at Reinbeck this afternoon with Rev. Emingholz, pastor of the congregational church, in charge.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 5 March 1931, pg 1
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