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Daily Illinois Courier, July 9, 1895


They may bury her in the Potter Field.

Virginia, Ill., July 8. - (Special to Springfield Register.) - The suicide of Miss Minnie McCarty at St. Louis last Saturday morning has caused a profound sensation in Virginia, where she was so long and favorably known. She was 28 years old and was the daughter of John McCarty, a drayman, who together with his wife and children came to this city from Ireland, when Minnie was a small child. The mother died when Minnie was 8 years of age, leaving three daughters, Katie, the oldest, died with cancer two years ago, Annie, the youngest, was adopted into the family of Daniel Mitchell, a prominent citizen of Virginia. She is a bright and very pretty girl, and was graduated from the Virginia high school in the class of '94. Minnie, after the death of her mother, went to work at the Mann house in this city and was always a dutiful and good child. At the age of 16 she went into Mr. Mann's photograph studio, and learned the art of retouching. She worked with Mr. Mann seven years, and was a saving, industrious girl, and as far as her character was concerned was "pure gold". Everybody was her friend. She left here, going to Springfield, thinking she could command better wages in a larger town. She visited Virginia every year. During her last visit here, about two months ago, she told one of her friends that Pietz, the man she had been working for, owed her $1,600, and she did not know what to do about it. Her friend told her to "close him up and take his gallery." She replkied that she had thought to do that but when she "looked at his wife and helpless little children, her heart failed her." On Sunday a dispatch came from the St. Louis morgue from an undertaker, asking what disposition should be made of the body. Th ereply was wired back, "to send the body to Virginia, and collect funds for expenses from Peitz, who owed her a large sum of money." In the afternoon a dispatch came from Peitz, saying he did not owe her one cent, and refused point blank to have anything to do with shipping the body. As her friends are not able to bear the $200 or $300 expense necessary for shipping it and burial in Walnut cemetery, at Virginia, it is supposed her last resting place will be in St. Louis potters field. Her father was married and is living somewhere in Kansas. He was addicted to drink, and after the death of his first wife, cut entirely loose from his three daughters.

Submitted by Patty Meado

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