Grayson County TXGenWeb
Fairview Cemetery
Denison, Texas

Edwin B. Benjamin
Dallas Morning News
August 20, 1899

Denison, Tex., Aug 19 - The city has not been so terribly shocked in many a day as it was this afternoon by the news of the death of Edward (mistake in paper, Edwin is the name) B. Benjamin, who committed suicide about 3 o'clock by shooting himself with a 32-caliber revolver.
The deed was committed at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Benjamin, No. 800 West Owing street.  Deceased has been ill for a long time and of late has been very despondent.  The story as near as can be learned from his family is that he was downstairs on a lounge reading a book.  His mother was upstairs asleep, and there was no one in the room at the time.  His sister, a little girl about 14 years of age, had seen him with a pistol a few moments before, but thought nothing of it at the time.  A few moments afterward the household was startled by a pistol shot, and deceased's little nephew ran into the room and found him sitting upon the lounge with the pistol grasped in his right hand, while the blood flowed from a wound in his right temple, where the bullet had entered.
The boy screamed and the other members of the household came running into the room.  He was dead when they reached his side, the bullet having entered his brain and death no doubt was instantaneous.  A physician was summoned as soon as possible, but nothing could be done.  His father, who is chief clerk in the car shop department of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, and his brother, who is employed in the National Bank of Denison, were notified and were soon on the scene.  The family is completely prostrated by the terrible tragedy and were unable to tell the particulars of the case.  There can be no cause for the deed except that stated above.
Deceased was a young man who had been almost reared in the city, quite popular in social circles, and his sudden death has come as a terrible shock, not only to his family but to his many friends and acquaintances.
He was a member of the old Denison rifles and enlisted here when the war broke out with Spain and served until mustered out.  He worked at the Missouri, Kansas and Texas car shops for several years, but of late has been unable to do anything on account of illness.  The funeral will be held at the home, 800 West Owing street, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Elaine Nall Bay
Grayson County CC