Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco
Date: March 7 1919
Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho
Source: University of Idaho Library
The funeral of Mrs. L.R. Moore was held from the Grice chapel at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. H.O. Perry, pastor of the Methodist church conducted the services, which were simple and impressive. There were many floral offerings. Interment was in the Moscow cemetery. [See below.]
Mrs. Laurinia R. Moore, who committed suicide by hanging at the home of her son-in-law, Otto Schlueter, two miles west of town on the H.D. Martin farm, left a note saying she was tired of living. That is the only cause given for taking her life. The note was addressed to her son, George G. Moore of Whittier, Cal., and simply said: "I am tired of living. My goodbye to all."
Mrs. Moore was apparently in good health and spirits a short time before her rash act. Her daughter, Mrs. Schlueter, is in the Carithers hospital with a baby born Wednesday. Mr. Schlueter had planned to come to town to see his wife and baby. He left Mrs. Moore in the house and went to the barn. In less than half an hour his little son came running out to the barn and said, "Grandma is hanging in the wood shed." Mr. Schlueter ran to the wood shed where he found Mrs. Moore hanging. He cut her down and summoned help, but life was extinct. The note was found on the table in the house.
Mrs. Moore had used a piece of binder twine which she had fastened to a rafter. She stood on a box and placed a noose around her neck and stepped off the box.
Glen Grice, coroner and undertaker, was notified, but the suicide occurred across the state line in Whitman county, Washington, and he had to get permission from Coroner Bruning, at Colfax, to remove the body. It was so clearly a case of suicide that no inquest was deemed necessary. There seems to be no particle of doubt that the note was in Mrs. Moore's handwriting.
Mrs. Moore had lived here many years. She was close to 70 years old and a widow. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Schlueter. She has a son, George G. Moore, formerly well known here, who was quite seriously hurt by a timber falling on him when the Williamson store was being remodeled several years ago. He is living in California. She also has a married daughter living in Washington, near Chewelah, north of Spokane.
The funeral of Eric Erickson, who has lived in Moscow since 1913, occurred yesterday [February 27] at the Swedish Lutheran church at 1 o'clock, Rev. Oslund officiating. Mr. Erickson was the father of Fred Erickson and Mrs. John Hendrickson of this city.
Word has been received that Miss Alma Hopkins, daughter of Eli Hopkins, was united in marriage February 24 at Kent, Wash., to Mr. Oscar Haig, a prosperous farmer of Canada.
Word was received here by telephone this morning that C.F. Burr, well-known pioneer of Genesee, died there this morning of paralysis, from which he had been a sufferer for the past two years. Mr. Burr was one of the best-known pioneers of Latah County and had lived at Genesee for more than 30 years. He is survived by four sons and three daughters. He had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances to whom his death will be a shock.
Charles B. Holt celebrated his 80th birthday last night at his home, 117 South Jackson street, where he has lived since 1884. About 25 of his old time friends joined in the celebration and spent a pleasant evening with games, cards and reminiscences. Mr. Holt came to where Staley, Wash., now stands, in 1877 and took a preemption and a homestead claim, which he proved up. He is hale, hearty and hopeful. The evening was pleasantly spent by the host and his guests, many of whom have been his friends for a quarter of a century.
On Wednesday, February 26 at noon occurred the death of Mr. Southworth after an illness of three weeks during which time he was most tenderly cared for by a devoted wife and their three sons. A week before the end came the two daughters spent a few days with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Southworth sold their farm in West Cove, Latah county last October and moved to Palouse, buying at that time a home on the north side. During the sixteen years they lived in Idaho they made many friends and those who had the pleasure of being entertained at that farm home will long remember the kindly hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Southworth. The parents of Mr. Southworth moved from Vermont to Bangor, New York, where he was born January 22, 1844. He married Almeda Hutchins of Fort Covington, New York and their family consisted of seven children, two of whom are buried at Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, where the family lived for twenty-three years and near which place the two daughters, Mrs. Peet and Mrs. Koster, now reside. Allen, the eldest son lives on a farm near the old home. Roy lives in Palouse and Frank in Lewiston.
The funeral, conducted by Rev. W.G. Seates of the Christian church, was held at the Anderson chapel Saturday, March 1st, and burial took place in the cemetery at Palouse.
"One by one we cross the River;
One by one we are gathered Home."
Mr. and Mrs. James Walter Nolan and little son arrived today from California where they have been visiting for sometime. Mr. Nolan was three months with the army in France and recently returned from overseas. He was mustered out of the service about February 1, from Camp Logan. When he arrived home he found a little son four months old, of whose arrival he had not been informed, since home letters had failed to reach him.
A wedding of unusual interest occurred Saturday [March 1] when Miss Edna Sievers was united in marriage to Harry Becker. Miss Sievers is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sievers, well known residents of Moscow, Mr. Sievers being secretary of the Farmers' Union company. Mr. Becker has been working recently on the coast.
The happy couple left this morning for Spokane.
A wedding ceremony was performed by Judge Nelson uniting in marriage Frank Cermak and Miss Nora Princeton, both of Princeton, Idaho. Mr. Cermak has recently been mustered out of the service from the spruce division.
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