Lyda Clara Schuler

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Lyda Clara Schuler

  • Birth 23 Oct 1900 Ohio, USA
  • Death 20 Feb 1926 Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Section 23, Lot 223
  • Memorial ID 42187290

Lyda Clara Schuler b. 23 OCT 1900 Paulding Co., OH; d. 20 FEB 1926 Defiance, Defiance Co., OH [suicide]; buried: Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, Defiance Co., OH.

PARENTS: Reading A. Shuler Jr. b. 08 JUN 1864 Paulding Co., OH; d. Painesville, Lake Co., OH; m. 16 JUN 1884; Emily V. Keezer b. 03 FEB 1867 Brown Twp., Paulding Co., OH; d. 04 JUN 1941 Defiance, Paulding Co., OH. Both are buried at Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, Defiance Co., OH.


1) William Henry b. 29 NOV 1885
2) Palina b. 25 APR 1888
3) Laura Esther b. 11 MAR 1890
4) Olive b. 06 JUL 1896
5) Lyda Clara [SELF]

LYDA'S OBITUARIES (Paulding County Library):

Lyda Clara Shuler was born Oct. 23, 1900, and departed this life at the home of her parents, in Defiance county, Defiance township on Feb. 20th, 1926. Lyda was the youngest daughter of Reading and Anna Shuler. She leaves to mourn their loss, her father, her mother, one brother, Henry of Defiance township; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Brown, Cecil, Mrs. Roger Tryor, Fairport Harbor, and Mrs. Newt Relue of Okalona; also five nieces and one nephew, many other relatives and a host of loving friends.

Lyda had been under a physician's care for several weeks, seemingly getting no relief. She left a note which explained her reason for doing as she did.

She was a member of the Maumee Arbor, Ancient Order of Gleaners, also the Queen of Flowers of the Ruth Degree team. She was preparing to help initiate a large class at Paulding soon. She had worked so hard that she might have her part thoroughly prepared.

It is hard, oh so hard for us to understand for Lyda has always been an obediant daughter and was loved by all who knew her.


In this way we wish to thank most graciously the many friends and relatives who so kindly remembered and came to us at this critical time, also for the many beautiful floral offerings.

Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Shuler and children.


The funeral will be held in the United Brethren church at Defiance with Rev. J.O. Rhodes officiating on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be made in Riverside cemetery.

About two months ago, according to the victim's father, Miss Shuler suddenly lost interest in life and apparently found no enjoyment either in her customary household tasks or in social affairs. Frequently she asked questions about the meaning of life and discussed the reason for living.

Physicians consulted by Mr. Shuler he said today, believed that the melancholy under which his daughter apparently was suffering, would pass away in a few weeks, and assured him there was no danger in leaving her alone.

Invited to come to Defiance Saturday with her father and mother, she made the excuse that there was nothing for her to do in the city, and that she preferred to stay at home and attend to a number of duties. She had placed a number of lamps upon the living room table, filled them with kerosene, but had not washed the globes when she apparently decided to write the note to her parents and take her life. In the note she declared she could not bear to live another day. The final page of her diary, kept since she was a little girl, was written Friday night. The diary reveals no cause for her act.




Ill Health Believed Responsible For Tragedy at Farm Home Near Defiance

Asks Forgiveness for Her Act in Letter Saying Life Had No Meaning

Miss Lyda Shuler, 25, took her own life with her father's shotgun while her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reading Shuler, were in Defiance Saturday afternoon.

Her body, crumpled up over the gun and the ramrod with which the young woman tripped the trigger, wa found by her mother when she entered the house, four miles south of Defiance, about 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

Coroner C.E. Wina returned a verdict of suicide after viewing the body. Miss Shuler had apparently place the butt of the hun in the corner of the stairs leading to the second floor, and rested the muzzle against the center of her breast.

She had been in ill health for some time. In a letter to her parents asking their forgiveness of taking her life, Miss Shuler lamented that everything in life had changed, and that there was no reason for her living.

When Mr. and Mrs. Shuler left for Defiance at 11 a.m. their daughter seemed to be in normal health and accompanied them to the buggy to help them prepare for the journey.

Miss Shuler was well known and had many friends in Defiance township. More than 200 people called at the home Sunday afternoon.

Besides the parents the survivors are: a brother, Henry Shuler, Defiance township; Mrs. Esther Tryer, Fairport, Ohio; Mrs. Polina Brown, Roneilet; Mrs. Olive Relue, Okalonas. Mrs. Relue is a sister-in-law to Clyde Relue who lost his life in a hunting accident this winter.

ONLINE AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: "Schuler-Bobenmyer Clan Book 1758-1917", by Amandus B. Schuyler, second edition published 1920, Otterbein Press, Dayton, OH [cut & paste]:

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