Fulton Sun Gazette, Oct. 31, 1938
Paul Renoe Tires of Life On Earth
Young Farmer West of Fulton Ended it All By Drinking Acid
Paul Renoe, 30 years old, who made his home with his uncle, John J. Blair, eight miles west of Fulton, was found dead in his bed about noon Sunday. A coroner's jury, summoned by Coroner I.W. Holman, found that the young man came to his death as result of drinking poison. Two carbolic acid vials were found, both empty, near the body. Members of the jury in the case were mostly neighbors, and included: J.T. Oliver, E.P. Millard, Sam J. Hook, Roy Dawson, Ray Stephens and B.F. Baker. Mr. Blair, an uncle by marriage of Paul Renoe, who was 81 years old and does not see well, went to Renoe's room about noon to awaken him, he testified, and found him dead. Neighbors said they noticed a light in the room at about 3:00 a.m. Sunday. the oil lamp there had burned dry and went out. Renoe is believed to have died about midnight, Saturday night. There was sufficient evidence that he had drunk carbolic acid, as his face and one hand were burned by the acid. One vial was found on his bed, one beside his bed, and a cup on a chair near the bed also smelled of the poison. Renoe had attempted to scribble two notes, which were found on a table. One was addressed to his father, Jim Renoe who lives in Jefferson City, and one to his twin sister, Miss Pauline Renoe, who works in Jefferson City. The notes said in effect that he wanted to thank his father and sister for all they had done for him, but that he had nothing to live for. He also said he wanted a neighbor, who had befriended him, to have his chickens. The body was brought to the Wallace Funeral Home in Fulton to await funeral arrangements. Renoe was not married, the only survivors being his father and sister.
Note: His dad lived in Jefferson City till he died and lost two sons to suicide.
Submitted by: Nina Waters Castillo
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