Tired of Life - A woman named America Brown, known among her associates as "Meck" Brown, the keeper of a house of ill-fame on Ninth street between Jefferson and Madison, died at 9 o'clock yesterday morning from a dose of morphine. One of the girls discovered Mrs. Brown in an unconscious condition at 8 o'clcok in the morning. She failed to arouse her and sent Frank Longworth for Dr. Gaffney, but when the doctor arrived he saw the woman was beyond recovery. Chief of Police Donelan and Officer Cullum also arrived at the same time. Molly Brennan, aunt of the decased, stated that the dead woman was the daughter of Richard McKinney, a teamster of Carlinville, Ill, and that she was the wife of Charles Brown, a traveling dentist, to whom she was married in St. Louis, November 28, 1879. They had formerly been residents of Christian county. She also added that Brown had deserted his wife about four years ago. The deceased was 29 years of age and leaves one child - a son of six years. The girls at the house stated she had several times of late threateded to take her life, and her aunt thought the deed was committed by reason of remorse at the life she had been living.
Coroner Elkin held an inquest at his office in the forenoon. The verdict was that she died from an overdose of morphine taken with suicidal intent. At the inquest Ada Bolen, one of the inmates of the house, testified that she and Mrs. Brown had left the house at 3 o'clock Sunday afteroon, Mrs. Brown with the intent to procure morphine with which to end her existence, and that the drug was purchased at Charles Ryan's drug store about 7:30 o'clock in the evening. Mrs. Brown was in a partially drunken condition when she arrived home. The young man named above said he had taken some morphine away from Mrs. Brown, and exhibited the paper to the coroner's jury. The woman's parents have been telegraphed. Mrs. Brown's father arrived yesterday afternoon. He decided to have the funeral and interment take place in Springfield today. IL State Register, Springfield, IL, Apri 17, 1888
Note: America is buried in Block 1, a section of which has hundreds of unmarked graves. No stone was found for her. Photo is representative of this area.
Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery Springfield Sangamon County Illinois, USA Plot: Block 1, H, 38; no stone found
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