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DEATH: Port Huron Times 12/31/1918

DEATH: Capac

DEATH: Capac, Dec.31-At a recent meeting of the local Masons, the following officers were elected: W.M., Dr. W.L. Neil; S.W. Chas. Taylor; J.W, John J. Lorch; Treas., Wm. Hunter; Rec, N. Hunter; Tyler, Burt Rose; S.D, Jas. Dewar; J. D., Wm. J Hildebrandt; Chaplin, Rev J. W. Wallace; Marshal, Jas. Burt. The new officers for the Brotherhood are: President Thos. Cade secretary, V. P. Graham; treasurer, Frank Burt.

Two pioneers passed away this week, R. J. Mc Naught who was past 70 years old died Thursday night, and John Bauer 65, who committed suicide Friday morning. Funeral announcement for both will be made later.

The Capac Journal
Vol 32
NO 25


             Last Friday at about 8 o'clock, John Bauer, a farmer of northwest Mussey, aged about 65, after having put his son off the farm in October and married again in November and then having expressed himself as regretting both acts, put an end to his distress of mind by stepping off into eternity from the top of the rack in his sheep shed, a rope about the neck collecting the fall.

             The body hung where found all day until when, at about 6 o'clock that evening, coroner Faulk and Deputy Sheriff Austion of Port Huron arrived, decided it was a clear case of suicide, and turned the body over to the undertaker Walter.

             The funeral services were held from the Evangelical church on Monday, Dec 23. Dr. Fisher officiating, and interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

             Relatives from Flint and Imlay failed in an attempt to hold up the funeral but made an unpleasant scene.

             The story of the discovery of the tragedy briefly, is as follows:

             The wife told that Bauer was out the night before the tragedy until 10 o'clock, when questioned he said he had spent the evening at the home of Chas. J. Bremman; that on the morning of the tragedy Bauer went to the barn presumably to do the chores; when he did not return to the house at the usual time she called to him then went to look for him; not finding him she went to the home of Mr. Breeman, but he was not there, and so Mr., Breeman went back to the Bauer home to clear up the mystery, and he found Bauer hanging farm an overlay in the sheep shed. The family doctor Buck and the sheriff's office were notified:

             The doctor was the first officer to arrive; the sheriff's office notified Deputy Al Brink to take the Justice of the peace with him and investigate the causes of death. Brink took Justice Wm. Hunter.

             While these officers were making a careful investigation of the premises, the following men were there and agreed with the finding of the officers: Rev. Facher and Mc Cue, Chris Water, Albert Kettlehutt, Chas. Bremman and others.  The officers decided that there were no suspicious circumstances connected with the death and that it was a clear case of suicide. They were ready then and there to have the body cut down and turned over to the undertaker.

             Why the Body Hung Till Night-

             The son Will was called up at Capac and notified. Will was not satisfied, and asked for time to get out to the farm with his doctor, which was granted. Then the officers called up the sheriff's office and were told the son should be satisfied- that if he wanted and inquest he could have it by putting up security for the costs.

             The officers remained on the premises until noon, and then returned to town, leaving the body hanging, as the son was not satisfied and there was a prospect of an inquiry; in town the family doctor refused to certify the cause of death was suicide.

             Then the son, in agreement with the local officials called by the sheriff's office and the coroner's office and had the proceedings delayed until those officers arrived on the early evening train.

             Corner Faulk and Sheriff Austin made a careful investigation, decide it was a clear case of suicide, then upholding the decision of the local officers, and certified the body to be taken to the undertaker.

             After accepting the decision of the corner and the deputy sheriff, the son did fine. He stood by the widow, his step-mother, during the disturbance at the funeral, looked for her comfort and the farm chores, and has made a peaceable settlement of the property which gets hr $200 in money. He is also getting her comfortably settled in a home in this village. We say that's netting the part of a man.

Note from submitter: 

John Bauer lived in Capac, immigrated 1872 ship Cimbria, buried in the Mussey / Capac Lutheran Cemetery, as is his first wife Caroline Kettlehutt. Submitted by Joanne Weimer [joanneweimer"at"]