Suicide of Frank Farrell

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Wednesday, July 21, 1909
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We mention very briefly last week that Frank Farrell of Lyle township had committed suicide at his home on Tuesday evening, July 13. He had been in Austin during the day and was some in liquor. After he arrived home he got in a quarrelsome mood and his family had gone to the neighbors. Mr. Farrell got out a double barrel shot gun and loaded it fastened it against one of the porch posts. He then bared his right foot and tying a string to each trigger fixed a loop for his big toe and placing the gun against the right side of his head fired the gun, blowing off part of his head. The brains were scattered on the porch.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. E.H. Devlin of Austin were held at the house Friday afternoon. A delegation of the Austin M.W.A., of which Mr. Farrell was a member, attended. A large congregation was present. Interment in Cedar City cemetery.

Mr. Farrell was born in Janesville, Wis., Dec. 19,1856, and had lived in Lyle for nearly thirty years.

He leaves a widow, a brother, John, and a sister, Mrs. John Feeley, both of Austin and eleven children, Will of Mason City, John at home, Mrs. Nellie French, Veronica, Mrs. A.W. Rasmussen of Faribault, Delia, Frank, Florence, Fanny, Fred and Letta.