15 Nov 1934
William Gubser Takes Own Life Wednesday
William Gubser, a highly respected and life-long
resident of this community, took his own life Wednesday
morning at his farm southeast of Hamburg, using
a 410 shotgun and a 38 calibre revolver. The deed
was committed, as near as can be judged, about 5
o'clock in the morning, and he was not found until
the hired man came to the house with the milk. Mr.
Gubser was still alive and the Mansfield ambulance
was called and the man was brought to the local
hospital about 8 o'clock and died at 1:30 in the
afternoon. It is thought that the man brooded over
his wife, who had left his home last week, and is
understood to have filed papers for divorce.
It is evident that Mr. Gubser first tried to end
his life with a 410 shotgun, the charge hitting
the left side of the mastoid section of the skull.
Still conscious he resorted to a revolver, which
was discharged into the right temple. An operation
was performed and a piece of skull removed, but
the bullet was not removed.
The first intimation of anything unusual about
the home was when John Fischer, the hired man, came
to the house with the milk, which he did each morning
and evening. A note was pinned on the door asking
that J. J. Roup be called to care for the body and
a statement to the fact that he was sorry. An investigation
proved that Mr. Gubser was still alive and everything
was done to save his life.
William Gubser was highly respected in the community,
where he had lived most of his life, and the community
mourns in his death. At the time of going to press
no funeral arrangements have been made.
The Hamburg Reporter
22 Nov 1934
William Gubser Obituary
William Gubser was born near Hamburg, May 19, 1877
and died on November 14, 1934, aged 57 years, 5
months and 25 days. He was married to Lela May Greenwood
on November 29, 1932, he also leaves two sisters
and four brothers, Mrs. J. J. Roup of this place,
Mrs. Frank Ellsworth of Fontana, Calif., Ben L.
Gubser of Hollywood, Nick Gubser of Tulsa, John
Gubser of Ulysses, Nebr., and Henry Gubser of this
place and many other relatives and friends. Mr.
Gubser was held in high esteem in the community
and was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge.
Funeral services were held at the home of his sister,
Mrs. J. J. Roup on Saturday, conducted by the Rev.
Father E. R. O'Donnell, and interment was in the
Those from a distance who attended the funeral
were, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Gubser and daughter, Mrs.
Ralph Melntz of Tulsa; John Gubser, Mrs. Lola Harvey
and son Richard, Mrs. Carl Dier and son Donald of
Ulysses; Mrs. George Gilliland of Omaha; Mrs. George
Gubser, Virginia Currey, Ben Gubser, Jr., and wife
and Mr. and Mrs. Combs of Fairfax; Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Nordahl and son Kenneth of Wahoo.