|Birth: ||unknown, USA|
|Death: ||Apr., 1906|
The Shelby Democrat
Thursday April 12, 1906
Page 6, column 2
TOOK HIS OWN LIFE
Archie Anderson of St. Paul Fired Bullet Into His Brain Yesterday
ILL HEALTH AFFECTED HIS MIND TEMPORARILY
Coroner Held Inquest and Rendered Verdict At Home Early this Morning
WIFE FINDS HUSBAND'S BODY
(From Friday's Daily)
On returning to her home, after stepping from the rear door for a few minutes, about five o'clock last evening, Mrs. Archie Anderson found her husband lying in a pool of blood. A revolver by his side and a bullet wound in the left temple told the story. He had taken his own life. The frantic screams of Mrs. Anderson brought neighbors to the home and in a short time the little city of St. Paul was aroused with excitement.
Mrs. Charles Wylie and Mrs. Henry Hoyer had just left the Anderson home when the tragedy occurred. They had called for a neighborly chat and Mrs. Anderson accompanied them to the door bidding them good day. She returned to the house and walking through the living room, where her husband sat, went out the rear door. When she returned in only a few moments, she made the ghastly discovery. The women who had just left Mrs. Anderson heard the revolver shot, but thought it was only the slamming of a door. Mrs. Anderson did not hear the report, and first knew of her husband's deed when she saw him lying in the pool of his life's blood. Mrs. Wylie and Mrs. Hoyer heard her screams and summoned aid.
Dr. Harry E. Wilcox, William F. Embry, Christian Ricker and Frank Anspaugh were the first to arrive and picked Anderson's lifeless body from the floor and laid it on a couch. From the position of his body, Anderson had stood in front of a mirror near the front door of the living room and fired the fatal shot. A 32-caliber Iver-Johnson revolver lay to the right of his body and his left hand had fallen across his body in such a position as to indicate that the weapon had been held in that hand. Anderson was left handed and the bullet entered his head at the left temple, passed out on the right side ranging slightly upward and was found imbedded in the ceiling to the right of the mirror. Death was instantaneous.
Undertakers Wilson & Son were called and prepared the body for burial. Coroner Bass was summoned, as the Anderson's reside across the line in Shelby county, and accompanied by Sheriff Newton and a Democrat representative, visited the scene of the tragedy this morning. An inquest was held and a verdict rendered that Anderson met his death by suicide caused by momentary derangement of the mind.
Anderson has been in poor health for some time and it is supposed his illness affected his mind. He was temperate in his habits and so far as is known his family affairs were of the most satisfactory sort. There were no children in the family and Mr. and Mrs. Anderson lived alone, but their married life has always been a happy one. Anderson sold his property a few days ago to Henry Hoyer for $850, and bought a farm about two miles south of Blue Ridge, where they were intending to move this week. Some persons think he had brooded over financial affairs in regard to this sale and purchase, but he seemed satisfied with the transaction and was particularly jovial yesterday. Mrs. Anderson had noticed little peculiarities in his conduct for some time and told her sister, Miss Kate Ensminger, of this city, that a few days ago, while toying with the revolver with which he took his own life, he laughingly said he believed he would kill her then commit suicide. She paid no attention to this remark, as it seemed only a jest. When his actions became more and more peculiar, she hid the gun and it was only yesterday that he found it.
Mr. Anderson, a weaver by trade, was twenty-nine years of age and a son of Mrs. Orlando Embry, Sr., of St. Paul. About seven years ago he married Miss Grace Ensminger, a daughter of Mrs. Jean Ensminger, of Colescott street, and a sister of Miss Kate Ensminger, a teacher in the public schools of this city. He was a member of the Red Men's lodge and of the M. E. church of St. Paul. The funeral services will be held at the St. Paul M. E. church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev. Clarence Stout will officiate. Interment in Vienna cemetery. Manowa Tribe No. 352, I.O.R.M., will have charge of the services.
Grace A. Ensminger Jones (1875 - 1942)*
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Record added: Mar 22, 2010
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