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JENSEN, Will E. 1888-1933

JENSEN, REEVERTS

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/10/2015 at 21:03:03

Will Jensen Of Dike Suicides By Hanging

Was Found Hanging in the Barn Hay Loft About Noon Monday. Despondency the Cause.

Will E. Jensen committed suicide by hanging himself from a rafter in his barn adjoining his home Monday. He had been dead less than a half hour before his lifeless body was found by his wife, who was calling him to come to dinner.

Neighbors were called at once who cut the body down in the hopes that life was not yet extinct. Efforts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful.

Jensen had been in the house a short time before he hung himself. Joe Meekma, a medicine salesman from Cedar Falls, called at the home and made a collection and sold some of his remedies. As he was leaving Jensen went out of the house with him. This was about 11:30. It is believed that Jensen went directly to the barn and finished what he had in mind without any delay. He used a quarter inch rope about six feet long. The rope was attached to a rafter. Jensen stood on a chair when he put the noose about his neck and stepped off. His feet were only a few inches from the floor. He could have saved himself by stepping on a nearby chair had he wished to do so.

Jensen was 44 years old. He was a native of Denmark. He had been farming for about twenty years in the northeast part of the county. Before his marriage he worked on the D. H. Dieken farm in Lincoln township. Following his marriage to Lena Reeverts 18 years ago he began farming on his own account. In late years he and his family lived on the Behrends farm two miles east and a mile north of Dike. He was compelled to quit farming owing to financial difficulties and had a closing out sale the last week in February. After the sale he and his family moved to Dike. Worry over financial matters is believed to have been the cause of the suicide.

Coroner L. D. Coffman was called shortly after 12 o'clock. After investigating the case he decided that a coroner's inquest was not necessary, that it was a clear case of suicide.

The deceased leaves a wife and three children, two girls and a boy. The oldest is a daughter about 17 years old. The boy is the youngest. Other surviving relatives are his mother, one brother and two sisters in Denmark, and one brother in Chicago.

Funeral services will be held in Salem Lutheran church in Beaver township Thursday afternoon with Rev. Paulsen officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Lutheran church cemetery.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 March 1933, pg 1


 

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