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Emma Philstrom Beck
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Birth: 1853, Sweden
Death: Dec. 5, 1897
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA

Arrived in Minnesota 10 April 1882.

                  A GHASTLY DEED.
                                  _____

      Mrs. Emma Beck Commits Suicide by
                Cutting Her Throat from Ear
                        to Ear with a Razor.
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      The people of this city were startled on Sunday afternoon by the announcement that Mrs. Emma Beck, wife of August Beck, had killed herself at her home on Seventh street south, the instrument of death being a razor and with which she nearly severed her head from the body cutting her throat from ear to ear severing the jugular veins and wind pipe and dying without a struggle.
      The cause for the rash act must certainly have been temporary insanity as the family relations were pleasant and there was no trouble known to exist that could have induced the lady to take her life. For some time previous to Sunday Mrs. Beck had been laboring under religious excitement but on that day she appeared to be in good spirits. Mr. Beck was at the home of his brother C. O. Beck for some time during the forenoon. About 12 o'clock Mrs. Beck walked out a short distance from the house with a lady who had called and on her return went into the parlor and shut the door. When her daughter, Miss Ellen Beck, returned from church she inquired of her sister where her mother was and was directed to the front room. She went directly to the room and there discovered her mother lying on the floor in a pool of blood, dead. The alarm was given and Dr. McPherson and Coroner Dean were at once notified but no inquest was held as it was evident from the information elicited and the condition of things that the lady came to her death by her own hand. In the room where she committed the deed was found the razor which was covered with blood. From her position she had evidently sat down in a chair and had fallen forward onto the floor after she had cut her throat, and death must have followed quickly. She made no outcry that was heard by her daughter or the domestic who were in another part of the house.
      The funeral occurred on Tuesday, Rev. J. A. Johnson officiating. The deceased was 44 years of age. (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 December 1897, p. 1, c. 2) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  August Beck (1846 - 1916)
 
 Children:
  Carl Beck (1877 - 1883)*
  Ellen Marie Beck Roth (1881 - 1921)*
  Emma L Beck Anderson (1883 - 1980)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 12, Lot 22, 5 ft. NWC N 1/2
 
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Nov 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101026787
Emma <i>Philstrom</i> Beck
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 Added: Nov. 20, 2012
 
 
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