January 20, 1915
CORYDON MAN SUICIDES
J.H. Alexander, Aged Fifty, Shot Himself at Hotel
In Chariton Last Wednesday
Another citizen of Wayne county has gone to eternity by the gun route. John H. Alexander, farmer, business man and real estate dealer, ended his own life last Wednesday afternoon in his room at the Bates hotel in Chariton by placing a twenty-two caliber rifle to his head and pulling the trigger.
The act is shrouded in mystery. Mr. Alexander was a man about fifty years of age. He was not, to anyone's knowledge, especially high strung or subject to lucid intervals; yet he must have been suffering from some mental or nervous strain.
He was temporarily stopping in Chariton and his exact business there last Wednesday has not as yet been explained. He rented his room Tuesday evening, went to bed and was never seen alive again. Repeatedly Wednesday he was called by the hotel porter and each time said that he was getting up and would be right down. About 1 p.m., being called again and giving no answer, an entrance was forced to his room through the transom by the city marshal and it was found that he had taken his own life. It is believed that he bought a box of cartridges with this act in mind as the box was full and complete except for the one fatal load.
The deceased was a son of the late James Alexander of Clay township who was a prominent farmer and banker of Wayne county and passed away about five years ago. His mother died about a year ago and both are buried in the Corydon cemetery.
John inherited quite an estate from his parents who were worth probably $100,000. He dealt in Colorado property and land in Decatur and it is believed that his investments turned out badly and that his inheritance is gone. This is given by most of his friends as the cause of his rash act. He leaves two brothers and two sisters to mourn his death: Will Alexander of Lineville, George Alexander of Colorado, Mrs. Short of Denver, and Mrs. Mary Carr.
The remains were taken from Chariton to the home of his brother near Big Springs Saturday, and Sunday they were brought to Corydon and tenderly laid to rest in the Corydon cemetery.
In all of his relations with men, John Alexander was a fair, honest and upright citizen. He was handicapped in life by the fact that he had only one eye. This caused him a great deal of annoyance and embarrassment. He owns a store at Lamoni but it is thought that it is not on a paying basis and this with his other financial difficulties seem to have caused a temporary unbalancing of his mind. When the news first came to Corydon, it was hoped that it would prove to be an accident. There is no reason, however, to doubt but that it was purposely done.
Nothing but words of sympathy have been heard in Corydon. The man was not in his right mind. He was unquestionably in a morbid, demented condition.
His friends will long remember him as a man of rather rugged build who all his life was generous and kind hearted and valued his friends very highly.
James Alexander (1832 - 1910)
John H Alexander (1872 - 1915)
William J Alexander (1872 - 1928)*
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