|Birth: ||Nov. 1, 1863|
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 1902|
Sad Suicide at Lucerne
Lucerne (Missouri) Standard
Mrs. J. W. Cooley committed suicide Wednesday about 1 o'clock p. m., by shooting herself through the head with a revolver. Death was almost instantaneous.
Four of her children were at home at the time, the eldest daughter Cloe being sick in bed. Joe Cooley, her husband, had just left for his work, and the eldest child, Claude, was at school.
The only cause assigned for the untimely act, is insanity. She became deranged a few years ago and remained so for some time. She gradually grew better however, and up to this time was apparently all right, though it is the opinion of the majority of her acquaintances, that she never entirely regained her mind.
None of the neighbors seemed to have heard the shot, but they were attracted by the screams of the children, and rushing into the house they found her in the bed room lying on the floor with her head in a pool of blood and the deadly weapon beside her. She had been washing and the youngest girl, about four years of age, said that her mamma came into the room where they were, looked at all of them, took the revolver down, and without saying a word, went into the bed room and shut the door. "Then," said the heartbroken little girl, "we heard a shot -- mamma had shot herself."
It is one of the saddest affairs that has happened in our community and the scene at the stricken home when the husband arrived, was heart-rending.
At the inquest held by Coroner St. John rendered a verdict that she came to her death from a pistol wound, from her own hands.
Wesley Phillip Johnson (1839 - 1917)
Susan I. Fisk Johnson (1942 - 1917)
Joseph William Cooley (1867 - 1947)*
Chloe May Cooley Alexander (1892 - 1951)*
William Allison Cooley (1898 - 1918)*
McCabe Cooley (1899 - 1958)*
ARA D. COOLEY
Maintained by: Michael Cooley
Originally Created by: Harvey Pearson
Record added: Jan 07, 2012
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