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Mrs. Oscar Jones
© Cheyenne Star
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell


Mrs. Oscar Jones, 50 years old, who resided nine miles northeast of Strong City, on the old Bert Welty farm, committed suicide Tuesday evening, September 22, 1932 by hanging herself in her garden, to limb of apple tree with chain.

Mrs. Jones was in Cheyenne last Saturday circulating a petition asking a parole of her son, Ray, who is serving a term in the penitentary.

Mrs. Jones told friends in Cheyenne that she and her family were in destitute circumstances and that she needed Ray to help make a living for the family.

Her husband is an invalid, suffering from paralysis. There are four children at home ranging from 17 to about 6 years of age.

Mrs. Jones told the children she was going to the garden after vegetables, taking a bucket from the kitchen. She then went into another room and secured a tablet and a pencil and went to the garden, but instead of gathering vegetables she wrote two notes, one to the children and the other a business note, giving directions as to how she wanted business affairs managed. After she had written the notes she placed a trace chain around her neck and fastened the other end around a limb of an apple tree and thus suspended her body from the tree.

After awhile the family became alarmed by her prolonged absence and Mr. Jones went to look for her. He found her body hanging and at once notified H. V. Jobe, deputy sheriff at Strong City who called County Attorney Mouser who directed Mr. Jobe to take Justice of the Peace, J. P. Johnson, to the Jones home to hold an inquest.

Mrs. Jones carried a thousand dollars insurance.


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