|Death: ||Aug., 1897|
EILERT G. SCHUHMACHER
Shiner Gazette, 11 Aug 1897
BAD CROPS THE PROBABLE CAUSE
Mr. Schumacher, the Deceased, Was Well Known About Moulton.
Lying on the back in the barnyard, with his face turned toward to the blazing August sun, broiling, yet unconscious from the effects of morphine poisoning – such was the condition in which Eilert G. Schumacher, a supposedly prosperous and contented farmer of the Hochheim prairie, was found by his family on Tuesday about 1 p.m. A pill box labeled "Morphine," almost empty, but still containing a little of the deadly powder, was found near him and told the story of his death.
Medical attention was summoned at once and everything possible done, but the suicide died just twenty-four hours after he was found in the condition described.
His funeral takes place at 4 p.m. to-day, the interment being the Hochheim Prairie burying ground. The sermon will be preached by Rev. William Waldorf, the German Evangelical Lutheran pastor of this city, of whose church the deceased was a member.
The unfortunate victim of his own despondency was fifty-three years of age and leaves a widow and large family of children, several of whom are grown. All live in the ["h" is upside-down] immediate neighborhood or at home.
One daughter, Mrs. John Keopke, is married. Two of the elder sons, John and Herman, are well known in this city, as was their father.
About 11 o'clock Tuesday, Schumacher went out to the barnyard and when the family assembled for dinner he did not appear. After calling for him, all sat down thinking that he would soon come in. The meal was eaten in quiet and contentment, no one suspecting the awful scene that was soon to confront them, and it was not until dinner was over that search was made for the missing husband and father.
Dr. A. H. Ross, of Hochheim, was at once sent for, and arrived at 3 p.m. Dr. W. T. Jones, of this city, was summoned later, and arrived at 8 p.m. Both physicians worked faithfully with the patient up to the time of his death, but their efforts were unavailing, owing to the fact that the drug was taken on an empty stomach and at least four or five hours elapsed before the arrival of the first physician. The unfortunate man never regained consciousness nor spoke a word. He left no letter or explanation of his deed.
Schumacher came here in 1888 from Bauer P. O., eight miles this side of Flatonia, and bought the farm on which he lived up to the time of his death, the old Philip R. Witte place, of 200 acres, seven miles from Yoakum and three from Hochheim, on one part of which stands the well known "Schuetzen Hall" on the road between this place and Hochheim, and erected a fine residence upon it.
Like most Germans he occasionally drank a glass of beer, but he was not addicted to dridk [sic] and his reputation for sobriety was excellent. The only occasion on which he is known to have drank enough to make it perceptible, was on a visit to this city last Saturday.
His relations with his family are also said to have been of the best and happiest character. He was considered prosperous by merchants of this city and was thoroughly honest. None suspected that he had financial troubles that were of a pressing character, and his credit was always good, even for large amounts.
The cause of his suicide is therefore a matter of much speculation, but it seems to be conceded by those best informed that it was undue fear of inability to meet obligations. His farm bought about eight or ten years ago with only a small cash payment, the bolance [sic] being in a form of a vendor's lien notes.
It is asserted that these notes have never been paid, at least not in full, and it is known that at times he spoke of his fear of inability to meet interest on them. This year his crop, like that of his neighbors on the Hochheim prairie, is almost a total failure, owing to the ravages of cotton lice and cut worms, and it is believed that worry over this misfortune is what incited him to his rash deed. – Yoakum Herald.
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