|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1869, Sweden|
|Death: ||Dec. 21, 1913|
Rock Island County
That Carl Abrahamson, 1208 Seventeenth street, believed that he had been "sold to the devil for drink" and this figured in forming his decision to end his life was stated at the inquest over the remains held at the Knox undertaking rooms this morning. Abrahamson's remains were found hanging in the woodshed at his home at 10:30 Sunday morning.
George E. Cramer of Davenport, a brother-in-law of Abrahamson, made the statement in regard to the delusion under which the latter labored. The jury impaneled by Coroner R. C. J. Meyer returned a verdict of death by "hanging with suicidal intent while temporarily deranged."
Mr. Cramer said he had spent Saturday night at the Abrahamson home because his sister was afraid to stay alone with her husband. Sunday morning Abrahamson appeared to be in a normal condition mentally and went for a walk with his brother-in-law. On their return be lay down for a rest while Mr. Cramer went to a nearby store. When the latter returned he found that Abrahamson had left the house. Going to the shed he found the body hanging suspended by a half inch rope from a rafter. He cut the rope and called a physician, but it was too late. Death had resulted from a broken neck. In order to accomplish his purpose the suicide had stood on a box while arranging the rope and then kicked it from under him.
Dr. Perry Wessel testified that Abrahamson had been ill for months. He was a nervous wreck from indulgence in alcohol. He had been sent to stay with relatives in the country a number of times, but always returned, saying he could not bear to be away from his wife and children. Finally it was arranged that the other member of the family should go with him. They were to have left home today.
Mr. Abrahamson was born in Sweden, Dec. 24, 1860, and came to America and to Moline 24 years ago. He was employed as a polisher in the Deere & Co. shops.
The widow and four children survive. The funeral will be held from the Knox chapel at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with burial at Riverside.
(The Rock Island Argus - Dec. 22, 1913)
Rock Island County
Plot: East Terraces
Created by: E. M.
Record added: Mar 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87770852