Enos O. Jones

Enos O. Jones

Death 21 Aug 1921 (aged 55–56)
Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Sect. 2-Lot 55-Space 4
Memorial ID 54629051 · View Source
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Well Known Citizen of Table Rock and Former Commissioner of Pawnee County Shoots Himself-Ill Health Thought to Have Caused Rash Act

Enos O. Jones, ex-county commissioner of Pawnee county, and a well known citizen of Table Rock, committed suicide at the home of Art Horton, northwest of Table Rock, Sunday afternoon, August 21, by shooting himself through the head.

Me. Jones had been in poor health for some time, and it is thought his physical condition was responsible for the act, although in the past few months he appeared to be regaining his health.

About three years ago he went to Denver and associated himself with Gordon and Robert Miller in business. It was while in Denver that his health began to fail, and this was attributed principally to infected teeth. His condition grew rapidly worse and he was brought to Lincoln and taken to the Bailey sanitarium, where he remained for eighteen months. He grew better and on June 9 of this year came back to Table Rock and made his home with his sister, Mrs. Art Horton, and Mr. Horton, on the farm. He continued to improve and helped with the farm work.

While he appeared to be in his right mind and was jolly with the folks on the farm, he did not care to visit with those outside the family circle, and seldom left the farm. Sunday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Horton and Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Jones motored to Tecumseh. They asked Enos to accompany them, but he said he would remain at home and look after things. They returned about seven-thirty, and on entering the house did not find Enos. Mr. and Mrs Horton searched the house and during the search found a note which gave them the clue to what had happened. Mr. Horton noticed that his rifle had disappeared and feared the worst at once. Calling the neighbors, a search was made, and C. A. Jones and Will Zelenka found the dead body of Mr. Jones just north of the house, in the edge of the orchard. He had placed the rifle, which was a .22 calibre Remington, on two branches of a plum tree, and from appearances had then put the muzzle against his head, just above the left ear, and pulled the trigger. Death must have been instantaneous. The rifle was still on the limbs of the tree when found and his hat was on a nearby post.

A doctor was summoned at once, and also County Attorney F.A Barton and Sheriff McClung, who decided that it was a case of suicide and that he must have been dead about three hours. The only clue to the time the deed was committed was furnished by George Pursell, who lives just north of the Horton farm. Mr. Pursell was on his front porch reading about three o'clock in the afternoon and heard two rifle shots about ten minutes apart. He supposed it was boys shooting rabbits and did not connect it with the tragedy until he later heard of the death of Enos. The supposition is that Enos tried the gun with the first shot to see if it was working , the second shot ending his life.

The contents of the note left by Mr. Jones were not made public.

His death cast a gloom over Table Rock and vicinity, and he has many friends all over the county who mourn his death.

Mr. Jones served as county commissioner of Pawnee county and made friends wherever he went.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Table Rock on Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock.


(Posted courtesy of the Table Rock Historical Society.)

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