Obit: Schnieder, William (1860? –1908)

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----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 01/30/1908

Schnieder, William (1860? - 25 JAN 1908)

William Schnieder of this place (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) committed suicide by hanging himself in his barn, Saturday afternoon. He left the house at noon to do chores and at 3 o’clock was heard threshing grain on the bar floor. Failing to come in at supper time his son went out to call him and found him hanging from a rafter in the hay loft. The neighbors were hastily called in but life had been extinct for some time.

Justice Henry Meyers summoned a jury and an inquest was held over the remains. The jury decided it was a case of suicide.

Deceased was of a silent disposition and his mind had been failing gradually for the past year or two, constantly brooding over an imaginary belief that people were trying to take his property and accusing him of theft, but recently he had seemed better.

He was born in Germany 47 years ago; came to this country and settle here 21 years ago; was married the year after his arrival here. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and three children, Fred, Willie, and Emma.

The funeral services were held from the Lutheran Church Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m., conducted by Rev. Witchonkie.



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