DeKalb County Indiana Obituary


CHRISTIAN AMSTUTZ
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.



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