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MARSHALL, William B.
|Hastings Tribune, 11 May 1894, Page 1, Contributed by Lisa Baker|
|W. B. Marshall’s Suicide|
William B. Marshall, senior member of the mercantile firm of Marshall & Kline, of Indiana, Pa., Friday ended his life by shooting himself through the head. He was 65 years of age, and for 20 years had made his home with Mrs. James Sutton, a near relative, who lives on Railroad Avenue. He failed to respond to the usual breakfast summons Friday morning, and, becoming alarmed at his non-appearance, Miss Helen Sutton knocked loudly and repeatedly at his door. Failing to get an answer, she mounted a chair and looked through the transom.
Mr. Marshall was sitting in his large arm chair, his face covered with blood, and in his right hand was a revolver. Help was summoned, the door broken open, and it was found that Mr. Marshall had shot himself through the head, using a 32-calibre revolver, the bullet passing entirely through the head from the right temple and lodging in the adjacent wall. None of the inmates of the house heard the shot.
The suicide was one of Indiana’s leading citizens and business men. He had been a trustee in the Indiana State Normal School from its beginning, prominent in business and social circles, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is supposed to be worth from $75,000 to $100,000. At the coroner’s inquest it was developed that he had some financial embarrassment, but none of a serious nature. The business of the firm will not be affected.