Henry Clay Wright

Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
Death 23 Aug 1916 (aged 44)
Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Burial Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 144260166 · View Source
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Semi-Weekly Iowegian
August 24, 1916

Brownsville, Texas, Aug. 24.

Henry Clay Wright, private in Company D, Third Iowa Inf., of Centerville, was found dead in a clump of willows near the camp last evening. He had been missing from the camp since Monday. A bottle of carbolic acid was found beside the body.


The above dispatch received by the Iowegian at 10 o'clock this morning was the first news to reach Centerville of this tragic occurrence. Clay Wright is well known to hundreds of Centerville people. He is a son of the late Gen. H. H. Wright, at one time adjutant general of Iowa. He went with the Centerville company to the front in the Spanish-American war. When the Mexican trouble developed he enlisted after the company here was called out, saying he wanted to go if there was to be actual service, but not just for camp and routine work. If he was instrumental in taking his own life it is difficult for his friends here to understand what may have induced him to do so. He was of ordinarily cheerful disposition, and enjoyed the companionship of friends. No word has yet been received us to what disposition will be made of the body, but it is presumed that it will be returned to Centerville where the family lived since an early day and where the parents are buried.

August 28, 1916

Was Not Started In Time to Reach Here Before Tonight

Word has been received from Elbert Wright at Trenton that he had been notified that the body of his brother Clay Wright had been sent from Brownsville and would arrive in Centerville tonight, Monday.

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  • Created by: Elsetta Mae
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 144260166
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Clay Wright (26 Jun 1872–23 Aug 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 144260166, citing Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Elsetta Mae (contributor 46841053) .