Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Edgar HAYS commits suicide in Lafayette (1908)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, March 19, 1908 - page 1, column 5

SHOOTS HIMSELF
Former Danville Boy Ends Life Saturday at Lafayette
Edgar Hays, son of John T. Hays, southwest of Danville, fatally shot himself Saturday at Lafayette. The body was brought to his father's home Sunday and was laid to rest in the East Cemetery Monday afternoon.

Edgar Hays was 42 years of age and grew to manhood in this community. He was of peculiar disposition and had before attempted to kill himself. For some years he was a saloon keeper in Indianapolis, his place being known as the "Mystery," he keeping a small menagerie.

He was a carpenter and had been recently building a house for a Lafayette man. The house was nearing completion and he had been told by the owner that on account of his heavy drinking he would have to leave the job. Saturday morning the owner and his wife went to the house. As they approached, they heard a shot. Going upstairs they found him fatally wounded.

Mr. Hays' wife died some years ago leaving a daughter, now Mrs. Hadley. He talked of another wife but his intimate friends claim never to have seen her.

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