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Vinton Eagle; January 8, 1879
A Sad Suicide
Stephen Brown Hewes

A Sad Suicide - On Friday afternoon last a telegram was received in Vinton from Ogden, this state, announcing the accidental shooting of S. B. Hewes, familiarly known here and elsewhere as Brownie Hewes, a former resident of Vinton. Immediately his brother, Ed. Hewes, and his brothers-in-law, Henry Palmer and P. W. Watson, took sleigh and drove across the country to Blairstown to take the train west. On arriving at Ogden they found the dispatch only too true - Mr. Hewes had been shot in the temple and was past the aid of surgical skill. The facts as we gather them from Mr. Palmer and Mr. Ed. Hewes, are briefly as follows: S. B. Hewes was doing quite a large business in the clothing trade at Boone, and had "trusted" out a considerable amount - so much as to embarrass him with creditors. On Friday morning he took the train to Ogden, in the vicinity of which considerable was due him, for the purpose of collecting. He failed to make the expected collections and went to an office of a friend to wait for the train which should take him to Boone. While in the office, the friend was called out for a few moments. On his return Mr. Hewes lay at full length on the floor with a pistol wound in his temple and a pistol lying near him. He left no letter, note or word of his intention. The only conclusion seems to be that in a moment of overwhelming despondency he took his own life. Mr. Hewes was a man of unusual exuberance of spirit, very genial and a general favorite among his associates. He was a brother of Ed. Hewes, Mrs. J. A. McDaniel and Mrs. P. W. Watson, of Vinton; and his widow is a sister of Henry Palmer. The remains arrived in Vinton this morning accompanies by the following named members of the United Workmen, of which order he was a member: E. L. Haff, Geo. H. Reed, A. R. Townsend, F. A. Bolt, Allen Smith and Dr. Huntington, of Boone, and J. H. Browne, of Ogden. Mrs. J. A. Head, of Boone, accompanied Mrs. Hewes. The remains were met at the depot by the United Workmen of Vinton, and were conveyed to Evergreen Cemetery.

The people of Boone and Ogden have spared no pains nor expense in their efforts to lighten the blow of the terrible bereavement. And the bereaved friends have the united sympathy of the this entire community.

{Submitter comment: not related
Ed. Hewes is Edwin Hewes. His wife was Mary Palmer.}

Submitted on 09-Sep-2013 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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