J. F. Humel suicide in St. Paul

Research Notes: 
"Pioneer Press" referenced is most likely the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper
Article Type: 
Death Notice
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 25, 1888
Publication Date Is Approx: 

We find the following account in Friday's Pioneer Press of the suicide of J. F. Humel, for many years a resident and business man of Lyle and well known throughout this part of the country:

"About 1:30 yesterday afternoon Jens F. Humel committed suicide at No. 915 East Seventh street. His home was in Sioux Falls, Dak., where he has extensive business interests. He was also a partner in a store on East Seventh street, besides having a general store at Adams, Mower county. He with his wife and son, have been in St. Paul about a week.

Yesterday afternoon after eating his dinner he went into his bed room. In a few minutes a pistol shot was heard, and the members of the family rushed into the room, where they found Humel lying on the bed in a pool of blood, with a bullet hole in his forehead. Death had evidently resulted instantly.

No note was left to explain the cause of the deed. The revolver used was one that was found in one of the rooms. Deputy Coroner Horst was notified but he decided than (sic) an inquest was not necessary.

The deceased was a Norwegian fifty-one years of age. He leaves a widow and four children, one of his daughters being a wife of P. P. Nokken, ex-treasurer of Cass county, Dak. Another daughter and a son reside in Fargo, while the fourth child, F. A. Humel, is interested in the store on East Seventh street."