17 January 2010

Obituary--Charles Rowland

Just as a warning. This is one of those “leave nothing to the imagination” obituaries and is not for the faint of heart. It does not have a "G" rating.

15 February 1911

Blew top of Head Off With Shot Gun
Charles Rowland, Well Known Citizen, in Fit of Despondency, Commits Suicide

During a fit of despondency caused by ill health, Charles Rowland, an Everett township farmer, Thursday killed himself with a shot gun.
He placed the muzzle of the weapon against his forehead and discharged it, the charge tearing away the entire upper part of the head.
The dead man had been ill for months, having been afflicted with typhoid fever. His prolonged illness had a depressing effect, and his reason became dethroned.
The only person present in the house at the time of the shooting was Mrs. Rowland. She had just given her husband a drink of water and stepped into another room when the gun was fired. She rushed back and found her husband lying on the floor in a pool of blood. The ceiling was bespattered with the victim’s blood and the room presented a grewsome spectacle.
The deceased was 65 years old and had been a resident of Everett township for many years. A widow and one son survive him.
The funeral was held Friday at 11 o’clock.

As I said, this was not for those with a weak stomach. Probably should be rated PG-13 at least.

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