Samuel Pinkham suicide

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Wednesday, September 14, 1887
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Samuel Pinkham died very suddenly at his home between the Cedar river and and M. & N. W. track, Sunday morning, at half past eleven o'clock. Mr. Pinkham had been a resident of Mower county about twenty years, formerly living in Lyle township. He was about fifty years old and leaves a wife to whom he had been married about two months.

The coroner held an inquest on the remains Monday afternoon and the verdict was that deceased came to his death from strychnine administered by his own hand. It could not be determined whether he took the poison with the intention of self destruction or whether is was an overdose of the drug taken as medicine. It is shown that he was addicted to the use of laudanum and other dangerous drugs.

The remains will be buried today by the G. A. R. Post, of which organization the deceased was a member.