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    Hastings Tribune, 4 May 1894, Page 1, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Suicide at Carrolltown.

On Wednesday morning about half-past five o'clock, John Stoltz, one of the best-known citizens of Carrolltown, committed suicide by hanging himself in the stable on his property in Carrolltown. He had got up and gone out before breakfast, and when he did not return his wife went out to the stable to call him to breakfast, and found his lifeless body hanging from a rope attached to the rafters. She at once raised an alarm, and neighbors at once cut the body down, but life was entirely extinct. The act had been committed by climbing a step ladder and fastening the rope, and then kicking the ladder from under him, and death was caused by strangulation.

The sad occurrence has filled the people of Carrolltown with horror, as Mr. Stoltz was widely known and well liked among them. Why he took his own life is a mystery which will probably never be solved, as his domestic relations were of the most pleasant kind, and he was well fixed financially. The rash act must have been the result of a sudden fit of insanity. Mr. Stoltz was about fifty-five years of age and leaves a large family who are all in the respectable walks of life. He had kept a hotel in Carrolltown for many years.

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