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Luksan, Mike 1830-1913


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 1/24/2004 at 13:10:55

LeMars Sentinel
January 7, 1913

Octogenarian Gave Way To Fit of Melancholy

James (correction Mike) Luksan of Liberty Township Ends His Own Life By Hanging Himself To Beam in Bedchamber Sunday Night

Coroner John Beely was notified on Sunday night by undertaker Barnett, of Merrill, that James (correction Mike) Luksan, an aged farmer residing in Liberty township, had committed suicide by hanging. On making inquiries the corner decided that no inquest was necessary in apparently being a clear case of suicide. Mr. Luksan, who was over eighty years of age, retired for the night on Sunday night at an early hour, and was found shortly afterwards hanging by a rope from the ceiling in his bed room. He has driven spikes into the studding to which he attached a rope and adjusted a noose around his neck, standing on a chair to make his preparations on then kicking it away from him with his feet. Death was caused by strangulation.

Mr. Luksan had been in a despondent condition of mind for some time and his act is ascribed to temporary aberration of his mental facilities.

He lost his wife some six (sic ?) years ago and never entirely recovered from the grief occasioned by her death.

Mr. Luksan made his home of late years with his daughter, Mrs. Chris Munsch, and leaves beside her one son.

About five years ago he made an attempt to end his life but his intention was frustrated by timely intervention. He was subject to fits of deep melancholy at times, but when these passed away he was ordinary, cheerful and happy. Mr. Luksan was a native to Bohemia and came to America when he was a young man. He settled in Liberty twonship nearly forty years ago, and bought a farm where he has since lived.

The funeral will be held today from his home in Liberty township.

LeMars Sentinel, January 10, 1913

James (correction Mike) Luksan, aged 80, committed suicide by hanging himself at his farm in Liberty township, Plymouth county. It is supposed he was insane.

~Transcriber Note: Date of death is Sunday night, January 5, 1913
~NOTE: The deceased is Mike Luksan, the elderly father of the son James Luksan (James died in January 1912.)

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