|Death: ||Mar. 8, 1884|
Last Saturday morning our citizens were startled by the report that W. H. Alexander hung himself. He had been drinking the day before, and came home quite late at night. After coming home he kept going out at intervals, and finally about four o'clock in the morning he bid them all good-by and went out. He had made attempts on his life before, and often threatened to end his existence, so some of the family followed him out and tried to induce him to return, but he succeeded in allaying their suspicions. About seven o'clock one of the boys went out and was horrified to find his father hanging in the stable. The neighbors were arroused, and some of them went after the coroner, Dr. Bailey, who hurried to the scene of the sad deed and removed the body to the house. He had used a strong piece of rope, looping it over the ladder; then stepping up on the remains of an old manger, adjusted the noose around his neck and stepped off into eternity. When taken down his hands were frozen. His feet touched the ground but it is supposed that they did not at first. The following is the verdict of the coroner's jury
State of Iowa, )
Ringgold County )
An inquisition holden (sic) at Mt. Ayr, in Ringgold County, on the 8th day of March, A.D. 1884, before S. Baily, Coroner of said County, upon the body of Wm H. Alexander, then lying dead, by the Jurors said Jurors upon their oaths do say that the said Wm H. Alexander came to his death by strangulation caused by hanging by the neck, and that the same was done by his own hands, with suicidal intent, while under the influence of intoxicating drinks.
Geo S. Allyn
Geo A. Slentz
J. C. McClurg
Attest S. Bailey, Coroner
The burial took place on Sabbath, Rev. P. Andrews preaching the funeral sermon. The expenses were paid by the I.O.O.F. lodge of which he formerly was a member. A large number of people followed the body to its last resting place. A large family of children are left to mourn his untimely end. He was once in high standing in the community, and had the brightest of prospects before him, but the demond drink blasted his hopes and his life.
The 1880 census of Mount Ayr lists wife and children as Mary (1843); Albert, 13; Fanny, 12; John, 10; Charles, 8; Ralph, 5; and Ray, 1 (bio by: Burt)
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"U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 about William H AlexanderName: William H AlexanderResidence: IowaAge at Enlistment: 18Enlistment Date: 25 Jun 1861Rank at enlistment: CorporalState Served: IowaSurvived the War?: YesService R...(Read more)|
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