|Birth: ||May 11, 1856|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 18, 1910|
Obit in the Albuquerque Journal says burial in Albuquerque but death certificate says burial in Evergreen. Former NM newspaper man. Son of Lucien S and Mary Ester. Died of an overdose of morphine.
Bisbee Daily Review May 19, 1910
STOWELL DIES AFTER DOSING WITH POISON
Large Quantity of Morphine Ends Existence of Stranger Who Has Been in Bisbee Only a Short Time.
Taking an overdose of morphine about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Orient saloon in Lowell, John calvin Stowell, better known to the local police as E.J. Stovall, died at the C. & A. hospital two hours later. He had a brief, but checkered residence in Bisbee.
It is believed that the man was insane, and he had been in the county hospital for several days, returning from Tombstone Tuesday afternoon. It is also the opinion that he took the morphine in what proved to be a successful endeavor at suicide.
He came to Bisbee about a month ago and claimed to be a newspaper man. He was given a couple of night's work on the Review. After than he took to drinking and some time afterward exhibited signs of being mentally deranged. He was arrested at the Y.M.C.A. as he was parading around there making a nuisance of himself. He was taken in charge of Constable McRea, to whom he gave the name of E.J. Stovall. He was placed in the branch county jail along with "Parson" Brown, where the two of them raved by turns until Brown's death. Stovall was that day taken to Tombstone.
The officers and attaches were of the opinion that he was insane. Judge Goodbody, however, could not see it that way and turned him loose. He received $10 by wire from Albuquerque, N.M., and boarded the train for Bisbee, arriving at 5:05 Tuesday. He was drunk when he got in and was about town drinking all night. He slept on the floor of one of the boxes of a local cafe and yesterday morning evidently procured money from Albuquerque again, as he endeavored to buy drinks at several saloons on Brewery avenue, before being turned down in most of them on account of his condition. Then he went to Lowell.
Officers who participated in his arrest before say that it was more dope than booze that was the matter with him, that he was a morphine fiend. Those who discovered him in the rear of the Orient after he had taken morphine were of the opinion that he did it with suicidal intent.
According to papers found upon the dead man, he has a sister in Albuquerque, who has been wired regarding disposition of the remains, which are now at the O.K. undertaking parlors.
Justice Murphy will hold an inquest this evening.
Bisbee Daily Review May 20, 1910
CORONER DECIDES IT WAS SUICIDE
WIFE OF STOVALL EXPECTED TO ARRIVE HERE TODAY FROM ALBUQUERQUE
That E.J. Stovall, or Stowell, took morphine with suicidal intent was the verdict of the coroner's jury in Justice Murphy's court at Lowell last evening. Several witnesses were examined, including those who discovered him upon the floor of the Orient after he had taken the morphine.
Stovall was said to have come in there in a drunken condition and had only been there a few minutes when he was noticed writhing upon the floor in the rear of the building. He must have gone to the rear and immediately swallowed the deadly dose after coming in.
The remains are still at the O.K. undertaking parlors awaiting the arrival of the dead man's wife from Albuquerque. Undertaker Hennessey received a telegram yesterday stating that she would arrive this afternoon.
Bisbee Daily Review May 21, 1910
The funeral of John C. Stowell was held yesterday afternoon from the O.K. undertaking parlors, Rev. E.D. Raley officiating. Mrs. Stowell arrived yesterday morning from Albuquerque and ordered the remains interred here.
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Record added: Apr 15, 2009
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