From: "Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert" <email@example.com>
Subject: SUICIDE OF OLLIE JOHNSON.
Date: Thursday, July 05, 2001 6:27 PM
Decatur County Journal
June 28, l900
OLLIE JOHNSON, Seventeen Years Old, Accomplishes Self Destruction at
Hanging to a cross beam in the hay loft of her father's barn the
lifeless body of OLLIE JOHNSON, a young lady seventeen years of age, was
found at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
The parents of the dead girl are MR. and MRS. LEVI JOHNSON, respected
residents of Long Creek Township, one and one-half miles southwest of
MRS. JOHNSON was away from home and at noon MISS OLLIE prepared the
dinner and attended to the household work as usual. At l p.m. her
father went to his work a short distance away from the house and upon
his return at 2 o'clock noticed that his daughter was absent. Thinking
that she had gone to a neighbor's he dismissed the matter from his mind
but later became apprehensive and commenced a search which resulted in
the discovery of her dead body in the barn.
Immediately under the spot where the dead girl hung were two overturned
sawhorses which indicated that she had stood on an improvised platform,
deliberately placed the fatal rope about her neck and kicked away the
supports. The rope used was an ordinary halter rope in one end of which
she had formed a noose.
MR. JOHNSON loosened the rope, lowered the body and notified the
neighbors. Later, Coronor McAllaster was summoned and arrived at ll
p.m. a jury consisting of D.R. Dulley, A.P. Woodard and P.G. Harris was
empanelled and the testimony of witnesses heard.
OBITUARY - OLLIE JOHNSON.
Funeral of OLLIE JOHNSON, whose death was stated in the JOURNAL last
week, occurred at the home of her parents the 28 inst. Rev. Woolever of
Grand River officiating. The body was taken to Elk Cemetery for
interment the same day where it was quietly laid by the side of her
little brother to rest, by kind friends. Sad as was the occasion, there
is comfort and bright ray of hope in the thought that she was not
accountable for her death because of ill health from lingering la grippe
and other derangements which caused the feeble and unbalanced condition
of her mind.
She was of a quiet and peaceable disposition, religiously inclined. Her
age was l7 her last birthday. A dispatch was sent to her brother,
WILLIE, of Nebraska, who came a few hours too late. Another brother,
CICO, is in Wyoming.
The bereft have the sympathy of all. The friends here and on Elk, where
they lived several years ago, gave every assistance they could in the
trying hour, for which kindness Brother JOHNSON and family are most
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July 5, 200l
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