The Death of Robert Arbuckle (1821-1895)


Our community was greatly shocked Wednesday to hear that one of our old citizens, Robert Arbuckle, had taken his own life by swallowing a dose of strychnine.  The deceased was a widower, and had his home with his son-in-law, Wm Davidson upon the home farm.  This had recently been sold by Mr. Davidson to the Arbuckle boys, and the Davidsons were about to remove to another place.  This removal of his daughter and family it is thought preyed upon the mind of the old gentleman, and together with his intemperate habits probably caused him to commit the rash act in a moment of mental aberration.

On Thursday, Dr. W.N. Morell, the coroner, was summoned, and held an inquest, the following gentlemen acting as a jury: Joe Hocking, M.J. Katzky, A.R. Wiswell, Geo. Green, Sam Dower, S.V. Boyer.  A verdict of suicide that the deceased came to his death by his own hand was rendered.

His relatives have the deep sympathy of the community in this sad bereavement.  The funeral services will be held at the residence this afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. E. Cory.

Wadena Pioneer Journal, 1895 (date unknown)


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, January 30, 2012. All rights reserved.

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