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John Faiferlick

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February 3, 1913 Fort Dodge Messenger, Monday Evening, Page 1


Funeral Services For Local Man Who Died In Chicago To Be Held Tomorrow The funeral services of John Faiferlick will be held from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Faiferlick of 1612 Fourth Avenue south on Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock from the house and at 9:30 o'clock from the Sacred Heart Church. Rev. Heelan will be in charge of the services and interment will be made in the catholic cemetery.

The remains of Mr. Faiferlick were brought to the city yesterday from Chicago and were accompanied by his sister, Mrs. William Haley of Dixon, Ill., and Mr. J. J. Sup of Chicago. One other sister, Mrs. Kate Delaney of Compstool, Wyoming, arrived last evening.


Saturday, February 1, 1913
Fort Dodge Messenger

John Faiferlick Died Six Hours After Shootin Self ILL HEALTH GIVEN AS REASON FOR THE DEED

Letter Received in City Today By Sister of Man-Couldn't Bear Pain of Operation Unable to bear the pain which another operation would give him caused John Faiferlick, of this city, to commit suicide by shooting himself. Altho the man did not inflict injuries which would cause instant death he did inflict wounds serious enough to cause his death six hours after the deed had been committed. Relatives in the city received word of the shooting yesterday afternoon, but no details were given. This morning word was received that the man did at 8 o'clock last evening, the deed having been committed about 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The body will be brought here tomorrow at 11 o'clock. No arrangements for the funeral have been made as the relatives in the city are awaiting word from a sister of the deceased, who resides in Wyoming.

The Chronicle received the first word of the shooting late yesterday afternoon, but the name given at the Hotel Wagner of Chicago where the deed was committed, was John Forleich. No such person could be found in Fort Dodge. Investigation disclosed the fact that the man's name was Faiferlick, instead of the other, and relatives were communicated with. A Chicago dispatch today stated that Faiferlick had registered there several days ago. He seemed to be happy and kept to himself, not talking to anyone except when necessary. On the afternoon of the tragedy he seemed to be at ease, smiling at times and chattering with several people in the hotel. At 2 o'clock he sat down to the writing desk in the hotel and wrote a letter, presumably to a relative. Following this he went to the postal station nearby and posted the letter. He then returned to the hotel, went to his room and fired the fatal shot. He was unconscious when hotel employees reached his room, but still breathing. An ambulance call was sent in and the man taken to the St. Joseph's emergency hospital, where he died after.

A sister received a letter this morning from Mr. Faiferlick in which he stated that he wanted everything straightened out and his property equally divided. A farm in this county was the property of the deceased. The letter received was probably the one written just before the act was committed in Chicago. In it there was nothing said of suicide, but the same sister had been told by Faiferlick two weeks ago that if he had to go thru another operation he would take "the other way out."

Faiferlick had been operated on several times, once for Brights disease and afterwards for kidney trouble. He became bothered recently with the pains which he had before the operations and interviewed several physicians, in Des Moines and Chicago. It is thought that the physicians told him he would be compelled to undergo another operation, and that he could not bear the thought of so much pain.

Two years ago Mr. Faiferlick retired from farming in Webster County and began to travel for his health. He went to Dakotas, Wyoming, Colorado, Missouri and Wisconsin, but this travel gave him no relief.

Two weeks ago Mr. Faiferlick bid his relatives goodbye and started for Chicago. He had not been heard from until the sad news reached the city. John Faiferlick was born in Austria 42 years ago. In 1880 he came to this country with his parents, settling at Industry. He received his early education in the rural schools of Webster County. Later he began farming. Two years ago he retired on account of ill health. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Faiferlick of this city; four children John, Alben, James and Pauline, all of Otho; two brothers Matthew and James of this city; five sisters, Mrs. A. Novak, Mrs. Annie Evenson and Mrs. M. Sheker, of this city, and Mrs. Mary Haley of Dixon, Ill., also Mrs. K. Delany of Wyoming.


Another dispatch from chicago received today gives detailed account of the suicide. It follows:

Chicago, Feb. 1, Mrs. Mary Brennan's vision of a future less burdened with care, less obstructed by demands for personal sacrifice and more promising of comfort for herself and her four little children was shut out yesterday by a cloud of revolver smoke.

John Faiferlick who came here with her from Fort Dodge, Ia., and who was to have rounded out her years with freedom from part of the hardships she had faced, lies at the county morgue dead by his own hand.

Mrs. Brennan's husband died a year ago. She was left with Joe, 13 years old, Frank, Mary and Louis, who was only 6. Faiferlick after difficulties involving his brother and other relatives, was divorced two years ago. He too, had four children.

With Mrs. Brennan he came to Chicago Jan. 20 stayed with friends several days and a week ago obtained a marriage license. Then he was taken ill and the marriage postponed. Today he shot himself.

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