Monday, November 30, 2015

Suicide of Ed Schmalhaus 1891

Robinson Constitution  Researched by D Foote

APRIL 8, 1891
Bob Mitchell of Birds was in the vicinity a day or two last week. Price Johnson (Flat Rock) attended Odd Fellows Lodge at Birds Friday night. John Rosborough, insurance agent from Lawrenceville did business here (Flat Rock) Saturday.

APRIL 15, 1891
Gilbert Jones of Lawrence County will teach at the Brown schoolhouse in Honey Creek twp.

APRIL 29, 1891
John Campbell and Miss Perna Klingler of Birds attended a young folks meeting here (Flat Rock) Saturday night.

MAY 13, 1891
J.K. Shimer, one of our Bird Station, Lawrence County readers, was in town yesterday.

MAY 27, 1891
R.W. Bro. Chas H. Martin, Deputy Grand Lecturer, of Lawrenceville, arrived in the city Monday morning to spend the week lecturing the brethren of Robinson Lodge No. 250, F. and A.M. There will be three sessions daily, one in the forenoon, from nine to twelve o'clock, from two till five o'clock in the afternoon and at night from eight to ten o'clock. Visiting brethren are cordially invited to attend any or all of the meetings.
Several Palestine Knights of Honor went to Russellville Sunday.

JUNE 3, 1891
Capt. Robt J. Ford, of Birds, Lawrence County, was in the city yesterday transacting business at the court house. Geo Mullins and wife, of Birds, Sundayed in this place (Flat Rock). Also Jas E. Roberts of Birds. (Ed Note: Who knew that Sunday was a verb?)

JUNE 10, 1891
Honey Creek News: Everybody and his wife attended baptism at Lawrenceville Sunday; where twenty persons were immersed.
S.H. Rich, of Birds, Lawrence County, has been appointed administrator of the estate of his father, John B. Rich.
T.P. Swearingen attended I.O.O.F. lodge at Birds, Saturday night.
John Heath of Honey Creek is learning blacksmithing with John Reynolds of Birds.

JUNE 24, 1891
Gilbert Jones of Lawrence County has been engaged to teach next winter's school at New Hebron.
O.L. Swearingen and Miss Rachel Miller, of Lawrenceville, were married at Danville Wednesday, returning home on the train Wednesday noon. Consequently O.L. wears a smile from ear to ear.

JUNE 13, 1891
Last Thursday morning the news reached our city that Mr. Ed Schmalhausen of Lawrenceville, brother of Herman Schmalhausen, of this city, had committed suicide; the particulars concerning the sad affair were not received until later. We take the following account of his tragic death from the

RURAL REPUBLICAN, of Lawrenceville, last Friday's issue:
Yesterday morning at 5 o'clock, Mr. E. Schmalhausen, tired of life, loosed the silver cord with his own hand, by means of a revolver, the bullet entering the mouth and ranging upward. His wife had arisen and left the room but a few minutes when she heard the report, returning to the bed to find him dying. Coroner French was immediately sent for and the examination resulted as above stated. Aside for his weakness for drink, he was a most excellent man. He could be relied on to do what he said he would do. He was public spirited and enterprising, original in his views and maintained them with manly purpose. He has excellent ideas with regard to building and his place on the school board in this regard can hardly be filled. He leaves a wife, a daughter and son who have the sympathy of the entire community . The funeral took place at his residence at 10 A.M. to-day and the body was interred in the beautiful cemetery of Shiloh.