ELLIS COUNTY CAPITAL
ARNETT, OKLAHOMA
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1909
D. E. Claridge, a Blacksmith Kills Himself in a Fit of Despondency

D. S. Claridge, a blacksmith, who has lived here for a long time, committed suicide at 9 o’clock Sunday morning by cutting his throat with a razor.

Despondency over domestic troubles is said to have been the cause of the act. His wife is understood to have gone to Kansas about a week ago and he has reason to believe she was not going to return. The couple had two sons living here.

It developed Monday that Claridge has received a letter from his wife on Saturday night or Sunday morning, in which she told him that the only condition on which she would return to him would be a pledge on his part to part to leave liquor alone. He killed himself, it is believed, rather than to make a pledge that he feared he could not keep. The body was taken Sunday to Danville, Kan, for burial.


Submitted by: Richard Gordon
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society

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