Anderson, William, Mrs.
appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 20 Aug 1903, p. 2, column 2
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SUICIDE IN NASSAGAWEYA.
Mrs. William Anderson, of Lot 12,
Con. 1, Shot Herself Last Friday.
A much respected resident of Nassagaweya township, in the person of Mrs. William Anderson, ended her life by suicide last Friday afternoon. About a year ago Mr. Anderson met with an accident while in Guelph, and Mrs. Anderson has suffered more or less since from nervous shock. This, coupled with the effects of an injury she received herself a few months previous in a runaway accident, caused mental depression at times. She, however, appeared quite bright and cheerful, but for days complained of suffering from a severe cold and sleeplessness.
On Thursday night she took a dose of laudanum, which the family supposed was to give her a night's rest. On awaking at an early hour Friday morning her husband missed her, and a search was instituted. She was found in an unconscious state in the yard, and it is supposed that she had taken a quantity of carbolic acid. She rallied, however, and appeared to be quite well up till three or four in the afternoon, when she told her step-daughter, Mrs. Dutton, that she intended going to her room for a little rest. Her purpose was not surmised and Mrs. Dutton was startled a few minutes later by the report of a gun in Mrs. Anderson's bedroom. She hastened to see what had occurred and was horrified to see the deceased lying on the floor with the top almost blown off her head.
The gun used was a double barrelled shot gun; Mr. Anderson had had both barrels loaded, but had fired off one in shooting a groundhog a few days ago, and it was the other charge that was used by the dead woman.
The melancholy affair has brought sadness to the entire community. The deceased was a woman of fine disposition and held the esteem of all in the section. She was about sixty years of age and was the third wife of Mr. Anderson, to whom she was married eight years ago. She leaves no family.
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