Brooks, George H. – d. 1912
Posted By: Volunteer
Date: 8/21/2017 at 18:53:20
Former Deputy Sheriff Is Suicide At Seattle
Geo. H. Brooks Ends Life by Drinking Carbolic Acid
Family Unable to Assign Any Cause For Rash Deed
Victim, who Was But 45 years old, Leaves Wife and Four Children, Eldest 20 Years.
A clipping from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer brought to Algona last week the news that on Sunday, January 14, George H. Brooks, formerly of this city, committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid. The Post-Intelligencer’s account of the circumstances in full follows:
“When Mrs. George H. Brooks, 200 Eighty-seventh avenue northwest, returned home shortly before the supper hour last night, she discovered the body of her husband, a building contractor, who had committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid.
“Mrs. Brooks says she has no idea of the cause of her husband’s deed. Prior to his death he was in apparent good health and spirits and at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon had conversed jokingly with J. W. Olmsted, a neighbor who had known Brooks during the past two years in which he had resided in the Ballard district.
“Brooks was 45 years of age, and leaves a wife and four children, Margaret, aged 13 years; Mildred, aged 12 years; Victor, aged 17 years, and Leo, aged 20 years.
“As far as can be learned Brooks was in good financial circumstances. At one time he had an office in the American bank building, but later gave this up, making his home his business headquarters. He is said to have owned his own home.”
Mr. Brooks was at one time deputy sheriff of this county. Mrs. W. V. Carlon is his sister and his father was Alonzo Brooks, who died here a year or two ago after a long illness with cancer.
A note endorsed on the clipping from the Post-Intelligencer says that Mr. Brooks’ funeral occurred in Seattle Tuesday of last week.
Source: Kossuth County Advance, Thursday, January 25, 1912
Kossuth Obituaries maintained by Linda Ziemann.
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