Shiner Gazette, 23 Jun 1897
Louise Baca Kills Herself.
A few minutes after 7 o'clock last Wednesday morning, George Baca rode furiously into town and reining up in front of Hahnke & Eschenburg's store announced in grief stricken tones that his sister, Louise, had just killed herself by shooting herself in the forehead with a 32-calibre pistol. In a very few minutes the news had spread over town and friends of the family left at once for the scene of the tragedy. At the Baca home a heart rending scene presented itself. The other members of the family were gathering around the dead girl screaming and wailing. A tiny hole in the forehead just above the left eye showed where the fatal bullet had entered. The lips of the dead girl were parted and her face wore a peaceful expression as though she was sleeping. In life a beautiful girl – in the pallor of death she was fairer yet.
Justice Blohm soon arrived on the scene and proceeded to hold an inquest of the body. A letter which Miss Baca had written a few minutes before her death was found. It was written in Bohemian, and left directions for her burial and stated that she wanted her share of the property divided among the other children. She said she wished to be dressed in white and buried in the family burying ground. She was twenty years old the day before her death.
It would be best if the GAZETTE could stop here and not speak of the causes that led up to this sad act, but it is due the dead that wrong impressions and reports be corrected. A paper in this county in speaking of the suicide last week stated that the cause was "Unrequitted [sic] Love." This was not true. Tuesday night, June 15, the Baca family was terrorized by the threats of a rejected suitor for Miss Louise's hand, and at daylight she sought relief in death. This is the truth. On arising Wednesday morning Miss Baca had formed her fatal determination. Hastily writing the letter she laid it where it would be found, picked up the pistol, cocked it and seating herself on the side of the bed, placed the muzzle to her brow and pulled the trigger. At the report she fell back with the pistol clutched in her hand and never moved or spoke. The other members of the family had just seated themselves at the breakfast table when the shot was fired, and George ran in and caught up the pistol and threw it under the house.
Iqnaz [Ignaz] Baca died last fall, and Mrs. Baca, the mother, died several years ago. Since then the children have been running the farm. Amelia is the eldest, and the second daughter is Mrs. John Kaspar. Louisa was the third daughter. There is one still young, Ella. The boys are George, grown, and August and Henry, both young.
The funeral took place Thursday evening at the old family burying ground [Baca Cemetery].
Weimar Mercury, 19 Jun 1897, page 8
Shiner, Texas, June 16.—Miss Louisa Baca, a beautiful young lady, 18 years of age, living one mile west of here, committed suicide by shooting herself through the head with a pistol at 6:30 this morning.
She left a note requesting to be buried near her father and mother at the family burying ground. She also stated what disposition to make of her share of the estate, but assigned no cause for her rash act.
She was a niece of Judge Haidusek of LaGrange.
Contributed by Matt Cross
Ignac Baca (1849 - 1896)
Veronika Baca (1850 - 1894)
Created by: knnellis
Record added: Jan 02, 2010
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