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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

July 2, 1942, Thursday, The Record Herald

Contributed by Roselyn Wells


  Butler friends of Mr. Jacob Coll were pained on Tuesday morning when informed that he had taken his life by slashing his throat with a straight edge razor early that morning.
   Mr. Coll was 67 years of age and had lived in Butler for 35 years, being engaged in buying hay and straw most of the time.  He had been in poor health for nearly ten years, and had been despondent since the death of Mrs. Coll, which occurred last March.
   The suicide was discovered at about 2:45 a.m. by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Etta B. Wilson, and a brother-in-law, John Dohner, who had resided with Mr. Coll since the death of his wife.
    Mrs. Wilson said she heard Mr. Coll go downstairs and then heard him "fussing with the light chain at the rear of the house."  She said he was walking without the aid of his crutches, which he had used since fracturing his ankle a few weeks ago.
    Mrs. Wilson investigated and discovered Mr. Coll standing in front of a sink toward the rear of the house.  She went to arouse Mr. Dohner, and when she returned Mr. Coll was still standing, but she noticed blood.  When she returned a third time with Mr. Dohner, Mr. Coll was sinking to the floor.
   Calvin Hawkins of Auburn, acting county coroner, returned a verdict of suicide.  He said the man had slashed clear though his esophagus with a straight razor.
   Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hilda Funk of Butler and Mrs. Jessie Borst of Hagerstown, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Charles Souders of Butler, and two grandchildren.
   The body was taken to the Phelps funeral home where services were held Thursday at 2:00 o'clock.  Burial was made in the Butler cemetery.

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