THE SHELBYVILLE VOLUNTEER
News was received here Friday, that
J. W. Griswold had hung himself in his wood shed, Thursday night, at Arcola, Illinois.
His family were absent at the time. He left a note requesting his nearest neighbor to cut his body down.
Nothing is known as to the cause of the rash act, or if known to the family, it is kept a secret.
Financial difficulties are assigned by some as the explanation.
Thursday April 11, 1878
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A FORMER CITIZEN OF SHELBYVILLE KILLS HIMSELF
Deceased formerly resided in this place, and was a member of the city goods firm
J. W. Griswold & George M. Goulding, a number of years ago. In Arcola, the place of his late residence, he was a prominent dry goods merchant, and highly esteemed.
His former acquaintances in this place, hear with regret of his untimely end.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Jane