Death of Allen DeHart In the envelope was a letter giving instructions concerning the funeral services. All the details were given concisely and deliberately. The instructions will be obeyed to the letter and the funeral will be conducted from the residence Sunday morning at 10 O’clock. Rev Franklin Mikels, of Stockwell, will conduct the services. Mr DeHart wished Mr Baker, the Stockwell, undertaker, to prepare his body for burial.
Mr DeHart had contemplated self-destruction for some time. He was afflicted with an incurable malady and his life was measured by the enemy of the disease. To end his life a few days or weeks sooner than the time fixed by nature was to escape so much pain and anxiety, was to relieve others of so much care, that the temptation to end his life was too great for him to resist. He had talked about self-destruction to members of his family and to Dr Kirkpatrick. To the former he had spoken of it so often that they became accustomed to it and gave it but little thought. Kirkpatrick declined to discuss such a gruesome subject and tried to turn the conservation to a more pleasant change. But, Occasionally Mr DeHart would revert to the subject and it was so firmly fixed in his mind that he could not entirely divorce his thoughts from it. He had considered several methods of self-destruction and decided that shooting was the better way/ (Lafayette Newspaper, Friday April 27, 1894.)