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DESPONDENT OVER HIS PROLONGED ILLNESS

Emery B. Schindler, a Victim of Consumption, Takes His Life.

The Poor Man Climbs From His Sick Bed and Places the Muzzle of a Twen-two (sic) Calibre Flobert Under His Chin and Sends a Bullet Up Into His Brain, Death Resulting Instantly.

The many friends of Emery B. Schindler, a well-known young farmer residing on the Henry Hohwald farm, about one and one-half miles southeast of Upper Sandusky [OH], were startled early Wednesday [21 APR 1909] evening when they learned that he had taken his own life by shooting himself in the head with a twentytwo-caliber flobert rifle. He had been in ill-health for a long time and worrying over this had doubtless caused him to commit the rash deed.

Mr. Schindler had been ill with consumption for many months and was dying by inches from that disease, a fact which he and his friends well knew. While he did not worry so much concerning the future welfare of his wife and little son, yet he was greatly disturbed because of the fear that his loved ones might contract the disease from him. He was in a very critical condition already and it is said would not have survived many days. It is claimed that this fear of communicating the disease caused him to end his life.

Mr. Schindler planned the deed carefully. About 5:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, when his wife was at the barn milking, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. J.K. Schindler, of Marion [OH], was in another room, he asked his nine-year-old son, Earl, to bring him the flobert rifle, claiming that he wished to repair the same. The son, boylike, then went out to play, after bringing his father the fun, while Mr. Schindler, seeking to secure the absence of his mother, Mrs. Daniel Schindler, from the room, asked her to dilute some coffee, which he said was too strong. Then as the mother was in the kitchen, Mr. Schindler climbed out of bed, where he had been confined for the past month, and went to a chair nearby. Seating himself he placed the flobert at a point beneath his chin and fired. A moment later his spirit had fled. The bullet perforated the roof of his mouth and lodged in the brain. Death was instant. Mrs. Daniel Schindler and Mrs. J.K. Schindler heard the shot and rushed into the room, to find the dead body of one they dearly loved. Coroner J.C. Rauth was at once called and found that death came in the manner given above.

Emery B. Schindler was born in Henry county, Ohio, thirtysix years ago March 28, last, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Schindler, respected residents of Wyandot [OH]. He came to Wyandot county [OH] with his parents twenty years ago and has made this county his home since. He was united in marriage to Miss Flora Grundtisch, daughter of Frank Grundtisch, of Second street, twelve years ago March 25, last. One son, Earl, also survives a loving husband and father. Besides his parents the following brothers and sisters survive Mr. Schindler: J.K. and Herbert Schindler, of Marion [OH]; Victor, of Harpster [OH]; Lloyd, of Wyandot; Mrs. Luther Briggs, of San Jacinto, California; Mrs. J. Gelbaugh, of Marion, and Mrs. Mahlon McBride, of near Wyandot. Mr. Schindler was an excellent young man, who had a host of warm friends. All join in extending sympathy to the bereaved ones in their hour of deepest sorrow.

The funeral will occur Saturday [24 APR 1909] afternoon, at 1 o'clock, from the Schindler home, and at 1:30 o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal church in this city [Upper Sandusky, OH], conducted by Rev. J.W. Holland, assisted by Rev. S.D. Harlan. Burial at the Old Mission cemetery.

--The Daily Chief, Upper Sandusky, OH, Thursday, 22 APR 1909

 

DYING FROM CONSUMPTION, EMERY SCHINDLER ENDS LIFE

Emery B. Schindler, aged 36 years, March 28 [1909], last, commited suicide Wednesday [21 APR 1909] evening, at 5:40 o'clock, by shooting himself through the neck and mouth with a 22-calibre flobert rifle, at his home on the Henry Howalt farm, about two miles southeast of this city [Upper Sandusky, OH]. Mr. Schindler committed the act on account of failing health, being a sufferer since March 26, 1908, from tuberculosis of the throat, and was bedfast and in a serious condition since last Thursday [15 APR 1909].

Mr. Shindler (sic), who has resided with his family, his wife and eight-year-old son Earl, on the Howalt farm for the past four years, managing the farm with James Lininger on the shares, has been ailing, as stated above, and since last Thursday, was growing weaker day by day, his death since Sunday [18 APR 1909] being momentarily expected. His suffering at times was so intense that he was not himself mentally, and would pray that he might be taken away, that he could not stand his suffering any longer and worried that his family might become subject to the disease.

The past week his wife was assisted by Mr. Schindler's mother, Mrs. Daniel Schindler, of Wyandot [OH], and his sister-in-law, Mrs. James K. Schindler, of Marion [OH]. As supper was being prepared, Mr. Schindler, who was confined in a bed in a down-stairs room, sent for his son Earl and asked him to go upstairs and bring him his flobert rifle, which he did. He then asked him to get the box of cartridges, stating that he wanted to load the gun for Mr. Lininger, his assistant, to shoot rats. Earl left the room and shortly afterwards Mr. Schindler's mother entered to inquire what he would like to have for supper, when Mr. Schindler requested her to bring him a glass of water. Mrs. Schindler started for the water and within a few minutes the report of a gun was heard.

His sister-in-law, Mrs. James Schindler, entered the room and was horrified to find Mr. Schindler sitting up in a chair, with the gun clasped in both hands, the stock of the fun between his legs and the end of the barrel lying on his breast, the bullet entering the lower part of his chin, a little to the left and passing through his mouth, piercing the brain. Death was almost instantaneous.

Coroner J.C. Rauth was summoned and with a Union-Republican reported left immediately for the Schindler home. On investigation, Dr. Rauth discovered that death was caused as stated above. No inquest will be held.

Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Schindler of Wyandot, being born in Henry county [OH], March 28, 1873. He was always a farmer, ever industrious and before moving to the Howalt farm, worked for years for the late Sol. Berry and later on the Maxwell farm, southwest of this city. He was a kind neighbor and a devoted husband and father, and his rash act will be a great surprise to his many friends.

On March 25, 1897, he was married to Miss Flora Grundtisch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Grundtisch, at the Grundtisch home, west of this city, who, with her son, Earl, aged 8 years, survive to mourn their loss. Deceased is also survived by his parents and four brothers and three sisters: James K. and Herbert both residing at Marion. Victor of Harpster [OH], and Lloyd of Wyandot, and Mrs. Luther Briggs of Santa Monica, Cal., Mrs. J. Gilbaugh of Marion and Mrs. Mahlon McBride of Wyandot.

Mr. Schindler carried life insurance in the New York Mutual Co. in the sum of $1,000.

The funeral will be held Saturday [24 APR 1909] afternoon. Brief services will occur at the house at 1 o'clock and services at 1:30 at the Methodist Episcopal church in this city, Rev. J.W. Holland and Rev. J.H. Beck officiating. Interment will be made at Old Mission cemetery.

--The Wyandot Republican, Upper Sandusky, OH, Friday, 23 APR 1909

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