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Shawano County Journal

28 March 1918


Body of Suicide Found In a Well

Joseph Herb, Father Of A Highly Respected Family Takes Own Life.

Mind Was Probably Effected

Two Children Serving Country—One Son Is a Priest at Stockbridge Parish.

Joseph Herb, a prosperous and highly respected farmer of Town of Lesser near Briarton, ended his life on Saturday morning, March 23rd.  He was found in an old abandoned well, having first cut his throat.  He had been very despondent and melancholy of late and seldom spoke to anyone.  So in a moment when his mind was weak, he thought best to end his misery.  He leaves a heartbroken wife and nine children.  The eldest, Lawrence, enlisted in the Infantry last fall, and is in Arizona.  Helen, Training to be a nurse in Buffalo; Frances in High School in Oshkosh, and Daniel, Johnnie, Elizabeth, Paulie, Raymond and Alfred, the youngest eight years old.  A brother of Mr. Herb is Catholic Priest at Stockbridge.  The whole community extends their sympathy to the stricken family.  Mr. Herb was a kind neighbor, good citizen, a staunch member of Catholic Church, The funeral took place Tuesday morning and interment was at the Hofa park cemetery.