Fremont County, Iowa


William Gubser Takes Own Life Wednesday

In Memorium
The Hamburg Reporter
Hamburg, Iowa
15 Nov 1934
Page 1

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
Hamburg, Iowa
22 Nov 1934
Page 1

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 Hamburg cemetery.

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.

Source: Submitted by Joe Conroy

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