Ringgold Record, 1892
We are called upon to chronicle another sad case of suicide. This time it is that of Paul [H.] HANEY, of Lincoln township,
4 1/2 miles north of Goshen. Last Saturday morning he went about his farm work as usual. A shower came up while he was in
the field, and before he could get to the house, he was quite wet. His wife got him to put on dry clothing, after which he
sauntered out, remarking that he would go to see a neighbor. About ten o'clock some of the family went out and was
horrified to find him hanging in the granary dead. He had accomplished the deed, by stepping up on a box placing a rope
over a cross timber, then around his neck, and stepping off. He has always been known as an eccentric man in some ways,
but very much respected by all who knew him. He was amiable and honest to a fault, but given to unpleasant reflections,
such as imagining that no one liked him. This caused him to grow reticent and uncommunicative. This had been noticeable
for about a year, and once within that time he had hinted at taking his life with a razor but confessed to his wife that
he hadn't the courage. She feared that his mind was not right, but disliked to make it public, and hoped that he would soon
be himself again. But her fond hopes were dashed to pieces by the dreadful denouncement last Saturday.
The case seems all the more strange because he was well-to-do, had a nice farm, plenty of stock, and money in hand. He has
a happy family too, consisting of wife and four children while he was only 45 years of age. He was a German by birth, and
wore the blue for Uncle Sam in the Rebellion [as a Private with Company C of the 99th Indiana Volunteer Infantry].
Coroner BAILEY was sent for and his investigations show that the deceased was a great stay-at-home, and that he was not
addicted to the use of strong drink. The following is the CORONER'S VERDICT:
State of Iowa, Ringgold County }
An inquisition holden at the late residence of Paul HANEY, in Lincoln township, Ringgold county, Iowa, on the 17th day of
May, A.D. 1884, before S. BAILEY, coroner of said county, upon the dead body of Paul HANEY, there lying by the jurors whose
names are hereto subscribed. The said jurors upon their oaths do say that the said Paul HANEY came to his death by hanging
by the neck, and that the same was done by his own hand with suicidal intent, and that the said Paul HANEY was insane at
the time he did the act.
J. F. LYNCH, JAMES SMITH, JNO. W. BEEN.
Attest: S. BAILEY, CORONER.
NOTE: Mary F., wife of Paul H. HANEY, was born on November 5, 1843, and died on May 12, 1911.
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