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TBT: Throwback Thursday – Florence Alabama October 6, 1905 – Suicide of a prominent citizen.

WARNING: This transcribed news article is graphic.


HEADLINES FROM THE FLORENCE TIMES DAILY October 6, 1905

KILLS HIMSELF IN DESPONDENCY

Old and Highly Respected Citizen Suicides by Shooting Through Head

Mental Faculties Undermined by Continued Ill Health Prompts Fatal Act

Saturday morning the people were shocked by the news that passed from one to the other that Mr. Thomas E. Barry had shot himself in a fit of mental aberration.

Prominent Citizen

Mr. Barry was a prominent citizen, an active member of secret and fraternal orders, and had been engaged in commercial pursuits for years until about two years ago, when ill health forced him to retire from the confinement enforced on merchants, when he engaged in the wholesale and brokerage business, but continued failing health confined him to his room about two months ago, and Saturday morning about 7 o’clock, while his family were at breakfast, he secured his pistol and fired the fatal shot.

The weapon was a 38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver, the muzzle of which he placed against his right temple, and, pressing the trigger, sent the bullet crashing through his brain, and emerging from the rear of the left ear. Several days previous he expressed a wish to die, and Friday night he sent his little son to Mr. Will Young, his son-in-law, for his pistol saying he wanted to clean it. Members of his family, realizing his mental condition, concealed the pistol in another room, but while they were absent at breakfast he secured the weapon and fired the shot that proved instantly fatal.

Printer in early life

The deceased was reared in Florence and stood high with his business associates and friends. In early life, he was a printer and was employed in the offices of the Florence Journal and the Literary Indes edited by Dr. David R. Lindsay, Isaac and Silas G. Barr and Capt. Robert McFarland, who long since joined the silent majority. Leaving the printing business in 1871, Mr. Barry entered upon a commercial life, being employed by ex-postmaster F. G. Lambeth while he remained in business, and later engaged in business on his own account which he followed until his death.

He was upright and honorable in his dealings with his fellow man; and was always active in furthering those interests he considered best for the community and his neighbors.

Survivors

He was 50 years old, and is survived by a widow and six children, Mrs. Will Young, Mrs. Lonnie Lewis, of Memphis, Miss Kate Edward, William and Andrew. He held trust offices in the Masonic Odd Fellows, being Knights of Pythias lodges, besides being a member of several mutual and fraternal societies.

Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 8 o’clock by Dr. Waggoner, and the remains were followed to their last resting place in Oakwood cemetery by one of the largest processions ever seen in Florence.

The Grand Masters of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Alabama 1811-2011 As wife of one of the Grand Masters, Donna R. Causey, had the unique opportunity to work with Alabama’s Grand Lodge to provide biographical data into the lives and backgrounds of all the Grand Masters of Freemasonry in Alabama from 1811 to 2011. Many early photographs of the Grand Masters are included in this work.


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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2 comments

  1. Sarah Beth Langcuster

    Beth Langcuster Jim Langcuster is this ghost bridge?

    1. Jim Langcuster

      I think that is O’Neil Bridge.

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