William Wiley Lee, the Oviedo man who committed suicide in Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon, spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Saratoga Hotel in this city, where he registered with Irene Ellerby as "Wiley W. Lee and wife." The couple conducted themselves very properly while here, but seemed to be enjoying each other's society. They left on Monday afternoon for Jacksonville.
During Monday forenoon Lee telegraphed to Oviedo for money, which he received. When the couple left the hotel a note was found, which intimated that he intended soon to quit this world and try the climate of the next. The note has been destroyed.
The party came down on the same steamer from New York with Mr. Jacobson of the Saratoga, and when they registered Saturday he recognized them. It was while stopping at the Saratoga that the woman learned that Lee had a wife and three children living at Oviedo. Her information came through the remark of a man who knew Lee, and who asked him how his wife and children were. She says he was only prevented from suicide while in his room at the Saratoga by her knocking the glass containing the powder out of his hands as he was preparing to drink it. (Palatka News Obituary dtd Friday, 30 Jun 1905.)
Fannie Vaughan Lee
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