Aged Woman Found Dead In Bed.
Mrs. Mary Kenline, aged 72, widow of the late Jacob Kenline, both well-known to the older people of this county, was found dead in bed at her home in the southeastern part of town, Monday evening at five o'clock. She lived alone and it is believed had been dead three days before neighbors began the search which resulted in the gruesome find. Mrs. Lange, who lives close to the Kenline home and whom Mrs. Kenline often visited, became suspicious Monday forenoon after having seen nothing of the latter since Friday evening. A five year old child was sent to the house and finding the doors unlocked she entered and Mrs. Kenline lying on a couch. This she reported to her mother, and a little later, Ethel Lange, aged 16 was sent to the house. She entered and saw the aged woman lying dead upon a couch, the body being so badly decomposed that it could not be approached. The alarm was given and Coroner Fischer summoned. As the screen door was open, and a slit had been cut in the screen large enough to admit a man's hand it was held by some that the aged woman had been foully dealt with, but as nothing had been disturbed and there was no evidence of a struggle the theory was dropped. A small sum of money was found in a purse and the house was in orderly condition. Death must have been due to the excessive heat, and perhaps heart failure. The body lay on a cot. She wore a night dress, and a cap was on her head as if she had retired for the night. The condition of the body indicated that she had died Friday night or Saturday morning. This is further strengthened by the fact that none of the neighbors had seen her since Friday evening. The three sons, John, Fred and Lewis live in California. There were no other relatives or close friends. The body was placed in a casket and buried Monday near midnight in Round Lake cemetery by the side of her husband. The advanced state of decomposition rendered it necessary that the body be buried at the earliest possible moment. The sons have been notified.
Published in The Knox Starke County Republican (Knox, IN), on Thursday, June 15, 1911.
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