The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: May 24 1918

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Lewiston--Robert Abel, aged 37, field agent for the Lewiston Milling company, committed suicide some time yesterday afternoon by jumping off the O.-W.R.&N. company's bridge across the Clearwater river north of Lewiston. His coat and hat, left on the bridge, were found by a passerby. On his handkerchief, in his pocket, were written in indelible pencil the following words:

"You will find my body in the river. Tell the Masons to take care of my wife and little girl."

Mr. Abel, who was well and favorably known here, was operated on for appendicitis about three months ago. He did not recover as rapidly as he had expected and worried considerably. Recently he was advised to consult a specialist, and this seemed to add to his mental agitation. His friends believe that his mind became affected. Diligent search has been made for the body, but without avail.

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Charles Geltz, a pioneer of the Genesee country, died Wednesday of last week [May 15] of Bright's disease from which he had been suffering for a long time. Funeral services were held from the federated church, Friday.

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Genesee--Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Miller celebrated their golden wedding May 14. All of their children were present, three sons and daughter with their families. 10 of 11 grandchildren were present. Mr. and Mrs. Miller came to the Genesee country in 1896 from Wisconsin.

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Deary--Daniel Flaig was called to Adams county, Washington, to attend the funeral of his brother, a member of the 20th engineering corps, and killed in logging operation for the aero squadron.

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P.L. Smith reports the birth of twin calves on his farm. These calves are the fifth pair of the same family, the mother being granddaughter of the famous grade Short Horn that has given birth to twins each time she freshened, having increased the herd of the farm by eight. Mr. Smith is the grandfather of twin grandsons born on the same farm some twelve years ago. He is not a bit superstituous, but is sure of the high productivness of that bit of earth in his name.

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Harry W. Marsh came down from Wallace to attend the funeral of John P. Mix, and to spend a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marsh.

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A party came up from Orofino to attend the funeral of John Mix, the pall bearers all being Orofino men.

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S.B. Reid, who is with the David store here, has recently received news of the loss of two brothers who were in the war zone at the Frensh front. Mr. Reid has two more brothers in France.

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Harold Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Peterson of East Seventh street, died last night [Wednesday, May 22], from a severe attack of appendicitis. [See below.]

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Harold Joseph Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Peterson, died at the home of his parents, 845 East Seventh street last night, of appendicitis, aged 12 years, five months and nine days. The funeral will be held from the Swedish Lutheran church at 2 o'clock Saturday, May 25. The Rev. Mr. Oslund will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Moscow cemetery.

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