THE LINCOLN EVENING NEWS
Tuesday, October 28, 1902
Son-in-Law of Buffalo Bill Kills Himself for Unknown Reasons
H. S. Boal, who is well known in Lincoln, where he with his wife, formerly Miss Arta Cody, were frequent visitors in former years with families of high social standing, killed himself yesterday afternoon in the Sheridan Inn at Sheridan, Wyoming. A dispatch from there gives the following particulars, but no reason for his act:
H.S. Boal, son-in-law of Colonel W.F. Cody, "Buffalo Bill", and one of the most prominent stock men in northern Wyoming, committed suicide in his apartment at the Sheridan Inn, between the hours of 11 and 3 o'clock yesterday. Mr. Boal had just returned from the Chicago market where he had accompanied a trainload of cattle last week. In the early afternoon he mingled with the guests at the hotel, and his subsequent absence was passed unnoticed.
About 3 o'clock Manager Morgan had occasion to enter the room occupied by Mr. Boal, and found the latter laying on the bed with a sponge and cloth, saturated with chloroform, covering his nose and mouth.
Mr. Morgan telephoned for Dr. Newell, who arrived a few minutes later, but found that life was extinct. Mr. Boal came to Wyoming from Chicago in 1894, and has been a prominent cattleman of northern Wyoming and eastern Montana for a number of years. He was married November 28, 1889 to Miss Arda, oldest daughter of Colonel W.F. Cody, who together with their children, Clara and Cody survive him. Mrs. Boal and the children are in Kansas City, where the latter are attending school.
Mr. Boal was about 40 years of age. Before ending his earthly career he wrote three letters, one to his wife, one to Honorable H.C. Alger and one to Howard French, proprietor of the Sheridan Inn, and his very warm personal friend. Those to Mrs. Boal and Mr. Alger has not as yet been opened. The one addressed to Mr. French reads as follows: "Friend Howard, Excuse this trouble I am about to make in your house, but I will make use of your hospitality in this way for the last time. I would rather be close to friends in a thing of this sort than among strangers. H.S. Boal"
The coroner has announced in his opinion an inquest is unnecessary, and none will be held. The body will be sent to Chicago for interment (apparently it wasn't).
Mr. Boal was a prominent member of the Elks Lodge No. 520, and under the auspices of this organization the funeral arrangements will be made.
San Francisco Call, Volume 95, Number 63, 1 February 1904
H. H. Boal, a wealthy resident of Chicago. Boal's stepmother was a daughter of Dr. Ayres and on her death Inherited a fortune of $4.000,000. About three years ago Boal was thrown from a horse, sustaining injuries which caused frequent fits of melancholia. During one of these fits he committed suicide.
Husband of Arta Lucille Cody, son in law of Buffalo Bill Cody. Father of Arta "Clara" Boal and William Cody Boal, son of Charles T. Boal and Medora I. Horton.
Arta Lucille Cody Thorpe
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