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Obituary ~ Flora Carter

Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, August 23, 1894

MISS FLORA CARTER, a lady about 25 years of age, committing suicide by hanging, last Monday noon, at her home four miles northeast of Burrell. The family consisted of MR. and MRS. L.W. CARTER and son and daughter.

The father and son were absent hauling rock and the mother was persuaded by the deceased to visit at the neighbor's.  On returning home the family found dinner prepared and awaiting them, but FLORA was absent.  A search was at once instituted and she was found hanging in one of the stalls in the stable, the appearance indicating that she had been dead about an hour.

DR. H.R. LAYTON, County Coroner, was immediately notified and he at once repaired to the place and empaneled a jury consisting of J.A. HAWKINS; R.G. BENTON and S.L. COX.  The testimony of MR. and MRS. CARTER and son was taken, but nothing more than appears in the foregoing was developed.

No cause for the rash act could be assigned other than ill health and despondency.  The deceased had several times remarked that she wished she was dead and out of her misery. 

The verdict of the Coroner's Jury was to the effect that deceased came to her death by hanging as a result of her own acts.

The funeral exercises were conducted by REV. HUGHES at the Methodist Church, Tuesday afternoon, after which interment occurred at the Leon Cemetery.

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