|Death: ||Sep. 3, 1886|
Newport Hoosier State
Wednesday, September 8, 1886
Alonzo Hostetter, of Clinton, became tired of living, and on last Thursday night after he had retired to his bed, he woke up and complained to his wife that he felt restless. He walked to the bureau drawer, secured 3 capsules, containing 15 grams of morphine, which he swallowed and went back to bed as unconcerned as a person who expected to live always. This was about 10 o'clock at night, or a little later. Near 12, his wife was woke up by his heavy breathing. She undertook to wake him up, but could not arouse him from his slumbers. She became alarmed, and immediately called in some of her neighbors. Dr. White, Dr. Nebeker, and Dr. Bogart were summoned to his bedside, but when they arrived they said there was then no hope for him. He lingered until 7:30 o'clock Friday evening, when death came to his relief and released him from all troubles here below.
It is reported that last spring he attempted to commit suicide, but was prevented by his wife. On the Monday before he took his own life, he sold his property in town to Mr. James A. White, and with the proceeds paid off all his debts. He told his friends that he was going out West in a few days on a prospecting tour to hunt him a new home. No one suspicioned that he had any intention of committing suicide. He had unquestionably been agitating the matter in his own mind, and preparing for the long journey beyond the river Jordan. In order that there might not be any question about him taking his own life, he left a note. His wife is a daughter of William Wiley, and a very highly respected lady. She is his second wife. His first wife died a few years ago. No children were born to him by either of them. His estate will amount to $500.
When quite a young man, the deceased enlisted as a private soldier in the Co. C 18th IN Volunteer Infantry. He went out at the beginning of the war and staid till the close. He was as brave a boy as ever shouldered a musket, and deported himself in such a way while in the service as to gain the esteem and confidence of all his comrades. He was a kind, generous hearted boy, and did not have an enemy in the whole army. He was respected by everybody, and his death has caused many sorrowful tears to trickle down the cheeks of those old veterans who stood by him on many a hotly contested battlefield.
His funeral, which took place at 3 o'clock on last Sunday afternoon, from his late residence, was very largely attended. A friend who was present, informs us that the funeral procession was the largest that has been seen in Clinton since the burial of General H.D. Washburn.
Henry Hostetter (1802 - 1852)
Martha Harrison Hostetter (1807 - 1875)
Emma Hostetter (1855 - 1940)*
Sarah Frances Malone Hostetter (1850 - 1874)*
Emily Hostetter (____ - 1844)*
Minerva Hostetter (____ - 1836)*
Almira Hostetter (____ - 1851)*
Alonzo Hostetter (1844 - 1886)
Note: Married Fannie Malone August 21, 1873 in Vermillion County, IN - married second Emma Wiley May 15, 1882 in Vermillion County, IN
Created by: Carolyn Schwab
Record added: Feb 03, 2012
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