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 Daniel P Bell

Daniel P Bell

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Jul 1877 (aged 49–50)
Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot A_7_7
Memorial ID 159001 · View Source
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The Salt Lake Daily Tribune
Friday, July 27, 1877
page four

DEATH OF D. P. BELL

Mr. D. P. Bell suicided at the Valley House, yesterday morning at about 4 o'clock, under peculiar and, his friends think, justifiable circumstances. About a year ago a cancer made its appearance on his face and so rapidly grew that last February he went to San Francisco for treatment, and while there he had several surgical operations performed, but to no purpose. The disease spread to other parts of his face and to his throat, until he saw that a horrible death was speedily approaching, and that delay would render him loathsome to himself and to others. It seems, therefore, that he made up his mind deliberately to end his pain and remove a care from his friends by taking his own life. He telegraphed from San Francisco to his wife and child at Goshen, in this Territory, to meet him at the Valley House on Wednesday, which they did, and took a suite of two bedrooms. On the day of his arrival he conversed freely with his friends and acquaintances, but in a hopeless tone, assuring them that his time was very short. No one dreamed, however, that he contemplated suicide. He went to his hotel in the evening and wrote busily until quite late, his wife retiring to her room in the meantime. As soon as he had finished his work he went to her bed, bade her and his little child good night, and then returned to his own room. When he retired he took a dose of laudanum, but the quantity was too great and his stomach rejected it. Finding that he was going to fail in his object by using poison, he took his pistol, and holding a mirror before him, so as to be sure of his aim, sent a bullet through his brain.

Mr. Bell was an old Pacific coaster, being well known and highly respected by scores of the Forty-niners. He was a millwright by trade, having put up the Wyoming of Tintic and the new forty-stamp Ontario mill in the Park, besides many others at various places on the coast.

Being a member of the Masonic fraternity he was buried under the auspices of that order, yesterday at 5 o'clock


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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 159001
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel P Bell (1827–20 Jul 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 159001, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .