Addie M <I>Haley</I> Johnson

Addie M Haley Johnson

Michigan, USA
Death 7 Sep 1902 (aged 52)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Plot Lot D Sec 143 Grave 3
Memorial ID 30755683 · View Source
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Kalamazoo Telegraph September 10, 1902 page 2
Body of Mrs. Addie M. Johnson Brought Back Today.
Despondent She Took Her Own Life Sunday
Was Prominent In Equal Suffrage and Club Work of St. Louis, Mo.
"I had pain only death could stop, so I took chloroform to relieve my misery," wrote Mrs. Addie M. Johnson in a farewell letter to her husband at St. Louis Sunday afternoon. This afternoon at 2:08 o'clock her dead body reached Kalamazoo, her girlhood home, for interment beside the bodies of other members of the family who have passed before. Miss Addie Haley, as she was known in Kalamazoo, was for years an earnest Christian worker in this city and was one of the founders of the North Presbyterian church. Some years ago, she removed with her husband to Chicago and later to Cabanne, a suburb of St. Louis. She was the wife of E. P. Johnson, a business man of St. Louis, and as vice president of the Woman's Equal Suffrage club of Missouri, member of the Clotho club, the Golden Chain Humane society and other organizations, she had taken a prominent part in club work. A year ago, she caused a storm In St. Louis by advocating the removal of the disorderly women of the city to the west end residence districts. Her plea was made before the board of police commissioners, but the fashionable residents objected and Mrs. Johnson lost her fight. Since that time, she has appeared little in the public eye. Despondency due to continued ill health prompted her suicide. In the letter to her husband Mrs. Johnson further said: "I have taken no food for days or drink of any kind, not even water, and have washed out my body carefully. If, knowing this, you can bury my body without embalming it. I wish you would do so." Miss Delia Haley, a sister of Mrs. Johnson, and several other relatives live in Kalamazoo. There are no living children. The funeral will take place Thursday morning a t 10 o'clock from the home of Miss Haley, 534 South Park street.

Kalamazoo Telegraph September 12, 1902 page 5
Believed to Have Caused the Recent Suicide
Details of the Death
Of Mrs. Addie Johnson are Very Pathetic
Last Request That Body Be Vet Embalmed Was Observed
Pathetic details of the suicide at St. Louis of Mrs. Addie M. Johnson, whose body was buried here yesterday, are contained in the St. Louis Republic, which says the suicide was caused by insanity supposed to have resulted from the bite of a mad dog. Mrs. Johnson was bitten three years ago by a pet dog which she refused to have shot, after discovering symptoms of hydrophobia. Three weeks later she was pronounced a victim of the same malady. She went to New York and spent five months taking the treatment at the Pasteur Institute, but though she was able to return and take up her active work in many charitable and public enterprises, she failed steadily. For the last six months her husband and nearest friends have remarked a strangeness in some of her actions. Three weeks ago, she became almost an invalid, and complained at that time that her nerves never had recovered from the shock caused by the threat of hydrophobia. The cool deliberation of the suicide also is held by Mrs. Johnson's friends to be evidence of the craftiness of insanity. She even removed carefully the label from the bottle of chloroform she used, lest the druggist be caused trouble. Mrs. Johnson prepared herself for burial, putting on a black silk gown, just as she wished to be laid in her coffin. Unlike the last letters of almost all women suicides, those of Mrs. Johnson did not touch in any way upon religion or belief in a hereafter. She was not a church member. She does not trench upon the question as to whether she had a right to take her life. In a letter left by Mrs. Johnson, addressed to the coroner, she said: "There should be women coroners to handle dead women. You will agree with me about that if you are a good man. " Her last request that her body be not embalmed was carried out so far as possible in observance of the laws of Michigan relative to bodies brought into the state for burial.

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