Mabel V. Harrington

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Mabel V. Harrington

  • Birth 9 Mar 1887 Kansas, USA
  • Death 15 Sep 1910 Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Altamont, Labette County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 66451314

Mabel was working in Joplin, Missouri as a stenographer and office clerk at the time she took her life by suicide.

Her parents were:
FATHER: Charles Harrington
Birthplace: Ohio
MOTHER: Bessie Landacre Harrington
Birthplace: Ohio

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Frank-Sievers Undertaking Company Missouri Death Certificate




Leaves Pathetic Note to Her Mother - Formerly a Government Stenographer - Was 25 Years Old

Special by Telephone to the Press
Joplin, MO., Sept. 17- Miss Mabel Harrington, 25 years old, daughter of William Harrington, a retired contractor of Altamont, Kansas, was found dead in a room of the Connor Hotel late yesterday afternoon, where she had taken her own life.
The young woman disappeared fromt he home of her sister, Mrs. William A. Primm, 710 West Twenty-second Street, whom she was visiting, last Wednesday morning. The simultaneous disappearence of Mr. Primm's revolver caused a county-wide search to be instituted by her relatives, who feared she would repeat past attempts to kill herself.

Her body, dead 60 hours, was found on the eighth floor of the Connor Hotel yesterday afternoon when a chambermaid climbed to the transom, after repeated knocking brought no answer. Primm's revolver layon the floor. A bullet wound behind the right ear indicated the cause of death. A note, pinned to the dresser, requested that relatives be notified. It was dated Wednesday morning. she registered at the hotel within an hour after she left her sister's home, but for some reason the hotel management did not connect her with the girl for whom the police were searching.

Her Reasons
This letter was found pinned to her clothing:
"Mamma, sweetheart: - I cannot stand it, mamma dear. I am just so tired and so ill and so weak. I cannot go to work, and tocome home and be a burden on you would be worse than this. I think I had best go, even though it means breaking my word to you to do my best to live, but I am just too tired. If I could be of any help to you at all I would try to stay, but the misery in my brain gets worse and I haven't any strength. Please KNOW it is for the best, for I am sure God can't make me any more miserable hereafter than I have always been here on earth. It will be so good to be quiet and still, and dead. I have always wanted to die, have tried to die several times - since I was a little girl. I want you to have the notes and Dewey stock after expenses are paid for me. Don't cremate me or put up any stone, only a little bit of one with 'Mabel' on it.
God bless all of you and don't hate me for this, for I could not bear to come home and have you take care of a consumptive, for it must be that which has taken my strength away. I'd rather die. I suppose I am brutal and cowardly to go this way. I've told myself so. But, oh, nothing seems to matter except that I'm so tired. I have tried to live and have lived for years when I didn't want to. You were so good to me, mother dear, and helped me and encouraged me so much, but I'm just too tired to face the future, years and years of it. Good-bye Mamma, and all who love me. MABEL"

A Government Stenographer
Until recently Miss Harrington had been employed as a stenographer in the department of the interior at Washington, returning to her home at Altamont, Kansas, because of continued ill health. Last Tuesday, accompanied by her younger sister Olive, she came to Joplin to visit her sister, Mrs. Primm, and incidentally, to seek employment in this city.
Early Wednesday she arose, dressed and notified Mr. Primm of her intention to come down town to ascertain the prospects for a position. Nothing unusual was noticed in her conduct when she left the house at 8:30 o'clock, she seemed quite composed. She volunteered no information as to when she intended to return. A vigorous search for her was instituted but no trace of her was found till yesterday although the hotel management was appealed to last Wednesday, on the very day the girl registered there and ended her life.





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  • Added: 3 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66451314
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mabel V. Harrington (9 Mar 1887–15 Sep 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66451314, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Altamont, Labette County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .