|Death: ||Oct. 31, 1908|
C.F. MIRES TOOK HIS OWN LIFE
Despondent because of ill health and heart broken because of the death of his aged mother, Charles F. Mires of the Eureka district inflicted a pistol wound in his forehead shortly after 6 o'clock this morning, from which, though he was not found until some time later, it is believed that he died instantly.
The particulars of the affair are that the unfortunate man has been living with his brother, George Mires, a well known farmer of that part of the county, for a year or more, during which time he had gained some strength, though still suffering from the effects of a paralytic stroke sustained prior to his coming here from another part of the state, where he had suffered an injury which caused a brain hemorrhage and rendered him incapable of speaking. Since coming here he had greatly improved and was able to speak fairly well of late. Late yesterday evening Mrs. Sophrona Mires, mother of George and Charles Mires, passed away of senility and the latter kept night vigil by her side until an early hour this morning, awaiting the arrival of the undertaker. It seems that about 6 o'clock this morning he went out into the yard and was not missed for some time. When at length J.T. Baker of the Rice undertaking parlors arrived to take charge of the remains of the departed mother the family began to wonder what had become of the son, Charles, and it was thought that perhaps he had suffered another attack of paralysis, and a search was instituted with the result that his body was found behind a hay rack some 200 yards from the house and life had been extinct but a short while from all appearances.
Coroner J.W. Denton had gone to Fresno on a business mission and consequently Sheriff Buckner was notified. The later and Constable Goodrich went to the scene and gave permission to move the body, and it was brought to the morgue in this city, where an inquest will likely be held tonight. Services will take place tomorrow from the chapel at 1:30 o'clock, together with services over the remains of Mrs. Mires, and interment will be made in Hanford cemetery.
Last night, according to his brother George, Charles was exceptionally well and in good spirits. It was arranged between the brothers who should watch through the night and George went off to bed about 3 a.m. This morning, as stated, he slipped away from the house and made away with himself. He had several times during past years stated his intention of committing suicide, but had been slowly improving in health and he was given courage by his brother and others to whom he had expressed himself. He had come here to see his mother, expecting to die, but it was believed that he was on the road to recovery when he committed the unfortunate deed.
He was a native Californian, aged 54 years and 11 months.
The Hanford Journal
Saturday, Oct. 31, 1908
Sophrona Deardorff Mires (1823 - 1908)
Charles F. Mires (1853 - 1908)
Charles Francis Mires (1854 - 1908)*
Lewis Napoleon Mires (1856 - 1926)*
George Sutherland Mires (1861 - 1936)*
Plot: Sec: Old Lot: 417 No Grave Marker
Created by: JC
Record added: May 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69884473