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Henry S Truitt
Birth: Aug. 11, 1887
Chillicothe
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 29, 1934
Princeville
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

As president of the successful Princeville Canning Company in Peoria County, Illinois, Henry was a well-known local businessman, heavily invested in the bullish US stock market. However, as with millions of other people, the value of his invested assets declined sharply beginning on Thursday, October 24, through "Black Monday" and "Black Tuesday," October 28 and 29, 1929, and continued to degrade for the next several years. The Depression affected the canning company revenues, and at some point, Henry no longer brought home enough money to care for his wife and family of five. By 1934, he felt only desperation and hopelessness. Then, he realized that he did have one valuable asset left with which to buy his family's security -- his $100,000 life insurance policy, a tremendous sum in those days. He decided to commit suicide so that his family could live on the $100,000 payout. He told no one and didn't seem concerned that suicide would invalidate the policy, but moved forward with his plan. On December 29, 1934, a few days after Christmas and before the start of another difficult year, he jumped out a second-story window at the Princeville Canning Company. Death came instantly. His sacrifice worked. Without any trouble, his family benefitted from the full payout. 
 
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 Parents:
  Rollin H Truitt (1866 - 1938)
  Effie Lillian Johnston Truitt (1868 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  Helen Jordan Truitt (1890 - 1978)
 
 Children:
  Henry Truitt (1913 - 1989)*
  Jordan B Truitt (1915 - 1999)*
  Barbara E Truitt (1918 - 1994)*
  Janet Helen Truitt (1921 - 1992)*
  Robert Henry Truitt (1926 - 2007)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chillicothe City Cemetery
Chillicothe
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section F
 
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Originally Created by: Tracy Kyle
Record added: Jan 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63949711
Henry S Truitt
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Henry S Truitt
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All is well now, Henry. Rest in peace.
- Renata
 Added: Aug. 27, 2012

- D.Truitt
 Added: Feb. 2, 2012
 
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