Industrialist. John was the son of wealthy Chicago meat packer, Michael Cudahy, and managed his fathers plant in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1910, he attacked Jere Lillis, President of the Western Exchange Bank, over suspicion of an affair between him and his wife, Edna. Following the attack, Edna and Jack divorced, and custody of their children was entrusted to Jack's parents. In 1912, the couple reconciled and remarried, and settled in Pasadena, California with their children. Jack joined the Army during World War I, served at Camp Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, but secured a medical discharge following a nervous breakdown in 1918. After he returned from the Army and regained his health, the family moved from Pasadena to one of the largest mansions on Hollywood Blvd. Despondent over financial matters, he committed suicide with a shotgun blast to the head, while his wife and two of his children slept upstairs. The city of Cudahy, in southeast Los Angeles, is named for the family.
Edna Margaret Cowin Cudahy
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