|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1894|
C S A
Aged 27 Years
SIDNEY LE GROS KILLS HIMSELF
He Had Contracted Habits Which Handi-
capped Him in the Battle of Life, and
Despondency Drove Him to the
Sidney Le Gros, a well-known printer holding a type-setting machine on the Morning News, took an overdose of morphine sometime between 3 and 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and died at 2:00 to-day, at his home, 269 Crockett street.
Mr. H. C. Rawlins, brother-in-law to Mr. Le Gros and also a printer on the News, stated to a TIMES HERALD reporter that Le Gros left him at the News office at 3 p. m. yesterday saying he was going home and requesting him to come up to supper, and that he went at 6 p. m., taking a watermelon, and Le Gros, who was in bed, got up and came out into the yard and ate a part of it. As Le Gros got up to return to the house, he staggered, and explained that he had just drunk a pint of whisky. He said he would lie
down and sleep until 9 o'clock, when Rawlins was to call him, and they would come down town. An hour or so later, as Mr. Rawlins was sitting in the room writing a letter to his
wife in Colorado City, Le Gros gave vent to a long moan, which Mr. Rawlins says he knew to be peculiar to persons under the influence of morphine. Rawlins attempted to arouse him, but Le Gros responded no further than to admit that he had taken morphine. After this, he never spoke.
Rawlins called in two or three doctors, who worked on the suicide all night, but to no effect.
Le Gros led a wayward life. He was addicted to strong drink and to gambling, which habits very greatly augment the odds against a man in the battle of life, and it was in a fit of despondency, brought on by this unequal combat with life, that he took poison on yesterday. He left a number of letters to his relatives and friends, but the TIMES HERALD could not secure one of them.
Le Gros began his career as a printer, as galley boy on the old Herald in 1881, and has ever since followed the trade of a printer, latterly running a machine on the News.
In 1886, he was married to Miss Mabel Stokes, of Dallas, and four children were born of the union. His wife and children are now in Colorado City visiting Mr. Rawlins.
Mrs. Marian Le Gros, the mother of Sidney, stated to a TIMES-HERALD reporter this morning, that while Sidney was a wayward boy, he was, nevertheless, an obedient son, a
kind husband and a loving and indulgent father.
The men who worked with Le Gros say that for some time, he has been in depressed spirits and has more than once given intimation that he had suicide in contemplation.
A relative of the dead man called at the TIMES HERALD office shortly after the death to announce the fact. He said the cause of suicide was simply a case of extravagant
habits in the life of dissipation; that Le Gros had gambled and spent money freely and contracted debts by borrowing and on credit, until he seemed to be completely overwhelmed
by them, and in his discouragement, he had sought relief by self-destruction.
- July 20, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 4.
FUNERAL OF SIDNEY LE GROS.
It Will Be Conducted by the Typographi-
cal Union To-morrow.
The funeral of Sidney Le Gros will take place at 10 a. m. to-morrow from his late home, 269 Crockett street, and will be conducted by Dallas Typographical Union 178.
The widow and children of deceased arrived this morning from Colorado city, where they were visiting when they received the news of his death.
- July 21, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 3.
Bio provided by contributer Sherry: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=47010546
Marion R. LeGros
A Sydney LeGros (____ - 1894)
Kate LeGros Rivera (1857 - ____)*
Emma L. LeGros White (1874 - 1899)*
Plot: Block #11
Created by: Kelli Smythe
Record added: May 16, 2009
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