A Shelbyville Newspaper
James W. McClure,
53 years old, for years a prominent resident of this county, committed suicide
by hanging himself in the woodshed at the rear of the home of Mrs. Kate
Moore, 1131 Sheffield avenue, Indianapolis. His body was found hanging
to the rope early Sunday morning. Despondency over continued ill health is
said to be the cause of the act.
Thursday, July 31, 1919
MAN TAKES HIS LIFE
James W. M'Clure, Father of Local Man,
Commits Suicide in Indianapolis.
CAUSE IS UNKNOWN
For months Mr. McClure
had been suffering from ill health. He had an attack of Spanish influenza
here months ago, and since his physical condition had been on a steady
decline. Being treated by an Indianapolis specialist for his ailments, he
went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Moore. At 6:20 o'clock Sunday morning
he was missed by relatives, and the search which ensued led to the discovery of
his body in the woodshed. When found, he was past medical relief.
The coroner of Marion county is conducting an investigation.
Mr. McClure had spent the
greater part of his life in this county and city. He is survived by one
son, Roy McClure, 27 Haymond street, this city, the daughter, Mrs. Moore,
and another daughter, Mrs. John Schuler. Besides these he leaves
his widow, two step-children, Mrs. Delphia Herron, of Hope, and Mrs.
Ruby McHaffy, of Indianapolis, his aged father, Robert McClure, of
Hope, and four brothers, Edward McClure, of Hendricks
township, James McClure, George McClure and Charles
McClure, of Bartholomew county, and half-brother, residing in
Funeral arrangements have
not been announced by Stewart & Fix, undertakers in the case.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
with some of them on
a visit to this city and this morning he assisted his son, Oscar, who had been
making his home with him, in getting the automobile and a team of horses ready
for assisting with threshing in the neighborhood. Then he had mowed some weeds.
His daughter, Mrs. W. B. Newer, of Indianapolis, who was visiting him, and
Oscar McClure were busy doing the family washing and when they went to call for
him got no response. A hasty search alarmed them when they could find no trace
of him and the neighbors were called. Then the search began that ended in the
finding of his body in the barn.
The Shelbyville Democrat
Samuel McClure, one of the prominent and highly esteemed residents of
Shelby county, hanged himself in the barn at his home in north Hendricks
township, early today, probably about 8 o’clock, but the body was not found
until 10 o’clock, and then only after two members of his family and many of
the neighbors had made a long search about the barn and all over the farm. He
had climbed into the haymow and had tied the rope, one taken from about a sack
of binder twine, around a timber-plate, and had then slid to his death down into
a cattle rack at the edge of the mow. His body was hidden so that it took a
second search of the barn to find it.
Monday August 6, 1917
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FORMER TRUSTEE A SUICIDE TODAY
Samuel McClure Hanged Himself
in His Barn—Mind Affected For
For several months Mr. McClure’s mind had been affected, but he had shown
such improvement recently that his children were hopeful of his recovery and had
decided to watch over him and care for him themselves instead of sending him to
an institution for treatment. Last Saturday evening he was
Mr. McClure’s illness began last winter with trouble with his teeth and a
poisoning set in that affected his entire body. His wife took him to a
sanitarium at Martinsville last April for treatment and while there waiting on
him, dropped dead from heart trouble. This blow caused Mr. McClure’s reason to
totter and for a time he was in a very dangerous condition.
Dr. Inlow was called to the McClure home today to hold an inquiry and Claude
Fix of the firm of Stewart & Fix was called to prepare the body for burial.
Mr. McClure was a son of
Robert McClure and the late Mrs. Margaret
McClure and was born in Bartholomew county, October 2, 1858, being aged 58
years, 10 months and four days. He married Miss Martha Pond August 2,
1883, and a son and seven daughters were born to the union. All survive. They
are Oscar McClure, Mrs. Newer, Mrs. Willis Fisher, of Hendricks
township; Mrs. Noah Fisher, of Edinburg; Mrs. Carl Atwood, of
Addison township; Mrs. Guy Strickler, of Marion township; Mrs. Ulis
Tennell and Mrs. Noah Scott, of Sugar Creek township. There are eight
Mr. McClure also leaves his aged father, a resident of Hope; a brother,
McClure, of Michigan, and five half-brothers— Edward, of Hendricks
township; William of Brandywine township and George,
Charles and Jesse,
of Bartholomew county.
When his illness began Mr. McClure was serving as trustee of Hendricks
township. He resigned from the office last June because of his condition, and L.
P. Ross was named as his successor. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias
lodge at Marietta and the order will take part in the burial ceremonies.
The funeral will be held at the Second Mt. Pleasant Church at three o’clock
Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Oren A. Cook officiating, and burial will be made
in the Second Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff
The Shelby Democrat
Mr. John C. McClure, son of Mr. and Mrs. William McClure, of Knoxville, Iowa, died at Raton, New Mexico, on December 19, of lung trouble. The young man was a resident of this city during his boyhood days, and the older citizens remember him as the son of the first President of the First National Bank of this city, who was also the chief clerk and confidential representative of the Shelby Bank at one time.
January 8, 1891
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming