|Death: ||Nov. 18, 1914|
Santa Barbara County
Los Angeles Times – December 13, 1914:
MYSTERY OF DEATH APPEARS DISPELLED
Santa Barbara, Dec 12. – The mystery surrounding the identity of Mrs. Alice G. Bush, who committed suicide at Edgerly apartments, a fashionable rooming-house, on November 18, is believed to have been dispelled. The authorities believe she was really Mrs. Frances Allen, widow of George T. Allen, retired New York banker.
The woman registered at the Arlington Hotel as Mrs. Alice G. Bush of Chicago, on November 15. Her demeanor impressed the hotel people as laboring under profound grief. Two days later she took a suite at Edgerly apartments and on Thursday, November 19, was found dead, seated fully dressed before a gas stove with the jet opened. An odor of gas penetrating the corridors led to the discovery. Guests complained that they had smelled gas all night.
She held a letter, which seemed to be from a sister in Chicago. It was in pencil and signed "Betty." This was the only thing found suggesting a likely clew. The letter cautioned the recipient not to get lonely, saying, "We will be together soon as I leave next week for Southern California and we will take a cottage together for the winter at Long Beach."
It is now believed that the woman wrote the letter herself as part of a well-laid plan to conceal her identity.
This afternoon Undertaker L. E. Gagnier discovered a news item reporting the disappearance of Mrs. Allen and quickly suspected that she was none other than the woman whose body he embalmed and placed in a vault here to await identification by relatives.
He telephoned to Los Angeles and secured a description of Mrs. Allen, which in every particular tallies with that of Mrs. Bush. Her relatives are believed to be wealthy and prominent New Yorkers.
Los Angeles Times – December 15, 1914:
PICTURE CLEARS DEATH MYSTERY
Woman Who Killed Herself at Santa Barbara is Identified
The identification of "Mrs. Alice G. Bush" as Mrs. Frances Allen of Los Angeles was established yesterday beyond the shadow of a doubt by L. E. Gagnier, the Santa Barbara undertaker, when he saw Mrs. Allen's picture as reproduced in The Times.
The picture was taken to the hotel men and by them at once identified as that of the woman who had registered at the Arlington and Edgerly apartments at Santa Barbara as "Mrs. Bush of Chicago," later taking her own life.
"This absolutely removes all doubt and establishes the identity of the deceased," said Mr. Gagnier.
The vault was opened and the features of the dead compared with the picture of Mrs. Allen and Coroner Ruiz officially stated that the remains are those of Mrs. Allen. Late in the afternoon Undertaker Gagnier received instructions from Mrs. Allen's relatives in New York to have the remains taken to Rosedale Cemetery and buried beside those of her husband. This will be done tomorrow.
George T. Allen
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Created by: Don Lynch
Record added: Oct 04, 2011
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