The Mount Ayr Record-News
Wednesday, January 28, 1925
FARMER TAKES HIS OWN LIFE
Respected Citizen Shoots Self Through Forehead.
The shadow of deep sorrow was again cast over the community Friday noon when it became known that W. F. CHANCE, a highly
respected citizen of Rice township, had taken his own life by shooting himself through the forehead at his home seven miles
southwest of Mount Ayr. Ill health is ascribed as the cause.
The body was first discovered by Mrs. CHANCE, who had been at
the school house during the forenoon, and who upon returning home found the body lying on the kitchen floor. Assuming that
Mr. CHANCE had suffered a hemmorrhage, she hurried to the telephone and called for a doctor. Realizing something was
seriously wrong, the neighbors responded and upon reaching the CHANCE home the fact was revealed that Mr. CHANCE had come to
his death by a wound self-inflicted. The county coroner, Dr. Samuel BAILEY, was summoned and, in company with Sheriff Marion
STEPHENS, went to the home. Doctor BAILEY examined the body and his official report shows that the deceased came to his
death by a gunshot wound, self-inflicted. A note pinned to the clothing of the dead man gave direction as to some matters of
a personal nature and left no question as to the intent. A single-shot 410-gauge shotgun was used, the barrel having been placed
against the forehead and the gun discharged. The entire load entered the brain, causing instantaneous death.
was fifty-two years old and his entire life was spent in Ringgold county. He was known as a man of sterling character and
high ideals and was held in high esteem. He was born on the old CHANCE homestead nortwest of Mount Ayr, where he grew to manhood.
For twenty-five yerars he ws engaged in business in Mount Ayr and was known to be strictly honest in all his dealings. He had
been in ill health for several years and during the past few months had submitted to two surgical operations, but without
relief. At his death the community mourns.
William Franklin CHANCE was born December 4, 1872, near Mount Ayr, Iowa, and departed
this life January 23, 1925, aged 52 years, one month and sixteen days. He was the son of
Sarah M. (LEWIS) CHANCE.
He was united in marriage to Dortha THOMAS December 26, 1894. To this union were born five children, two daughters and three
sons. The daughters are Mrs. Pearl DICKEY and Mrs. Nellie ANDERSON, of Des Moines, and the sons, Dorington, Edward and Milan
are still at home. He also leaves his aged mother, Mrs. Sarah M. CHANCE of Mount Ayr, and four sisters, Mrs. John C. GOODWIN
of Fort Collins, Colo., Mrs. A. H. JOHNSTON of Ottumwa, Iowa, Mrs. John C. CRISCO of Creston, Iowa, and Mrs. Walter A. JENSEN of
Long Beach, Calif,; also a brother, Henderson CHANCE of Clarinda, Iowa, and a host of friends.
Mr. CHANCE was a kind and loving
husand and father, a loyal friend and worthy citizen. When a young man he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and
remained true to the faith until the end. He was a member of and active worker in the Mount Ayr Lodge No. 169, I. O. O. F.,
being a member of all branches of the order, and his regard for the teachings of Odd Fellowhip was shown in his constant endeavor
to exemplify in his life the fundamental principles of friendship, love and truth.
Funeral services were held from the
Methodist church Monday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL, and the interment was in Rose Hill cemetery*. Members of the Odd Fellows lodge attended the service in a body; the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful
and friends who came to pay their last tribute of respect and to show sympathy for the sorrowing family filled the church to
capacity. The pall bearers were H. C. BOYLES, B. H. THOMPSON, L. M. BRINKERHOFF of Bedford, Emery C. BOYLES, Ed FERBER and
George H. RAINS.Card of Thanks.
For the beneficence of generously bestowed in our hour of
bereavement we wish to express to the neighbors and friends out profound gratitude. For every kind deed, for sympathy expressed
and for the beautiful floral tributes we are thankful.
MRS. W. F. CHANCE AND FAMILY.
MRS. SARAH M. CHANCE AND FAMILY.
*NOTE: William was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.
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