DeKalb County Indiana Obituary
Contributed by Roselyn Wells
Nov. 30, 1911, Auburn Courier, Thursday
RICH HUDSON FARMER A SUICIDE
ARMED WITH ROPE AND BUTCHER KNIFE, CHRISTIAN AMSTUTZ, A RICH FARMER NEAR
HUDSON TAKES HIS LIFE
NO CAUSE FOR ACT IS KNOWN
Was Found Dangling From Rope in Barn--Funeral Will Be Held Friday
Ashley, Ind., Nov. 23--Determined to make his attempt
at suicide successful, Christian Amstutz, a well-to-do retired farmer living
at Hudson, Ind., armed himself with a rope and a butcher knife and went to
his barn. Such precautions were, however, unnecessary and the knife
was found on the floor beneath his body, which was dangling from a rope attached
to a joist when Marshall Truman Clay of Hudson went to Amstutz's barn at 3
o'clock yesterday afternoon to borrow a ladder.
Amstutz had to hold up his legs to keep his feet from
the floor and to carry out his purpose of life destruction.
Marshal Clay immediately called Coroner S. C. Hamilton
and Undertaker A. H. Schafstall, who took the body down.
Amstutz was last seen alive early yesterday. It
is believed he committed suicide some time before noon. He was 55 years
of age and a bachelor. He was born and reared in Fairfield township,
living on a farm north of Hudson. This he sold three years ago and moved
to town. No cause for his rash act can be surmised. The funeral
will be held Friday at the Hudson M. E. Church.