LYNCH, Sadie 1885-1903
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Date: 10/12/2016 at 07:24:46
Took Fatal Dose Of Strychnine
Miss Sadie Lynch Committed Suicide at Her Home Near Reinbeck Monday
No Reason Given for Suicide
Miss Sadie Lynch, living two miles west of Reinbeck took strychnine at her home Monday noon and died from the effects of the dose about three hours later. The young woman gave no reasons for committing the rash deed though there is a general supposition that it was the result of an unfortunate love affair. She was buried today in the Catholic cemetery in this city.
The young woman was doing work about the house during the forenoon. In the clock where she had been cleaning there was a quantity of strychnine purchased last spring to kill gophers. It was a portion of this which she took that caused her death. Shortly after the dose was taken she went into violent convulsions. Dr. Jackson of Reinbeck was summoned at once and reached the girl an hour after the poison began doing its work. The girl up to this time had not disclosed the cause of her trouble but after having been urged by the doctor she told him she had taken strychnine. Dr. McDowell of Grundy Center and another physician from Reinbeck were sent for but reached too late to give any help.
Miss Lynch was about eighteen years old. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lynch who have resided in this county many years. She was a jovial, intelligent girl and the pride of the family. Her relatives can ascribe no reasonable cause for the suicide other than a fear that she was afflicted with consumption symptoms of which she showed some time ago.
She is survived by a father and mother, three sisters and four brothers.
--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 31 December 1903, pg 1
Obituary of Sadie May Lynch
Deceased was born in Washington township Grundy county, April 25, 1884 and died at her home near Reinbeck Monday, December, 28, 1903, aged 19 years, 8 months and 3 days. She moved with her parents at the age of 7 years, to Wright county where she lived until about three years ago when she moved back to Grundy county where she has since made her home with her parents. She was a jolly girl and loved by all who knew her. She was the youngest of eight children. Those left to mourn her sad death are the father and mother, four brothers, three sisters and a large circle of friends.
--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 January 1904, pg 1
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