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Arnold J. AuBuchon
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Birth: Jun. 27, 1900
Chalfin Bridge
Monroe County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 1936
Clinton County
Indiana, USA

Arnold AuBuchon, 35, son of Dr. and Mrs. Flavius AuBuchon of Forest, died yesterday morning at 4 o'clock in the Clinton County Hospital from gunshot wounds in the head believed to have been self inflicted with suicidal intent. He never regained consciousness after having been admitted to the institution at 10 o'clock Monday night.

A leaden slug from a .32 caliber revolver had torn its way through his skull after having entered back of the right ear. It emerged back and above the left eye.

AuBuchon, unconscious and flat on his back, head turned slightly aside, was found in a vacant lot in fores about 9:30 o'clock Monday night. How long he had been there is not known. James Kent, coroner of Clinton County, investigating the death yesterday, talked to a number of persons in Forest, but he found none who heard a shot. One woman said she believed she heard two shots, but only one had been fired from the revolver which was found beneath the body. This revolver, so the coroner says, had been taken a short time previously from the counter of Perry Pitts gas service station.

One witness questioned by the coroner, S.C. Burns, proprietor of a grocery establishment and one of the two men who found the body, said that the gun was grasped in the left hand and that the left arm was bent across the chest with the hand and revolver beneath the body and that as the arm was brought from across the chest the movement of the had brought the gun from beneath the body and that the fingers on the hand "straightened out". No powder marks were found anywhere on the body.

According to information obtained by Kent AuBuchon, who is alleged to have been drinking recently, visited several places of business in Forest late Monday afternoon and night. He sat on a bench at the Pitts service station and talked to Pitts for a brief period and as Pitts attended to the wants of a customer, AuBuchon walked inside the building and was standing on the outside of the counter when Pitts came in. AuBuchon then left. An hour later, so Pitts told the coroner, before he closed for the night, he missed the gun from its accustomed place near the cash register. The body of AuBuchon had not been discovered then.

Later, as Guy Sanders, restaurant operator, walked to the ice house to lock the door for the night, he passed the vacant lot on the north side of the street and saw a body on new dirt, about twenty or thirty feet from the sidewalk. He summoned Burns and the two men investigated and quickly identified AuBuchon. His father was notified and the stricken man was rushed to the local hospital. However, his condition was thought critical from the first and little hope was held for his recovery.

Other men who saw him in the business district of Forest Monday night, according to the coroner, were Clifford Dennis, Arville Caldwell and Walter Goff.

AuBuchon, who was unmarried, is survived by his parents and two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Davis of Forest, and Ordiel AuBuchon, at home. A brother, Gregory AuBuchon, met a tragic death a number of years ago when he fell from a precipice on Long's Peak, Colorado, while on a camping trip. The latter's body was later recovered and returned to this county for burial.

AuBuchon was born in Chalfin Bridge, Illinois on June 27, 1900. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge. He was a talented musician and belonged to the Forest-Beard band.

The remains were removed to the Lowery funeral establishment in Forest, where friends may call until 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning, when private funeral services will be held. Rev. Dallas Renn will officiate and interment will be in Whiteman Cemetery.

Frankfort Morning Times, Frankfort, Indiana, Wednesday, September 2, 1936

Family links: 
  Flavian P. AuBuchon (1874 - 1941)
  Alice C. Primo AuBuchon (1875 - 1965)
  Arnold J. AuBuchon (1900 - 1936)
  Gregory AuBuchon (1903 - 1921)*
  Odiel AuBuchon (1913 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
Whiteman Cemetery
Clinton County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section A
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Record added: Jul 24, 2011
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Arnold J. AuBuchon
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