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West Brooklyn Suicide

Peter J. Dolan, 63, mason contractor residing at West Brooklyn, took his own life yesterday afternoon by firing a charge from a 12 gauge shotgun into his body in the garage at the rear of his home, while apparently despondent over the condition of his health. He had complained of ill health recently and several days ago was a patient in a Mendota hospital for observation and treatment.

Edward Gehant and Oliver Holdren discovered the body slumped on the floor of the garage when they went to the building about 2:10 yesterday afternoon to obtain some tools. Coroner Robert Preston was notified and went to West Brooklyn last evening where he conducted an inquest at the Dolan residence at 5:30. The jury composed of Jacob Michel, Albert L. Gehant, George Halbmaier, Carl A. Gehant, S.T. Bagnall, and George Meruer returned a verdict finding that death was due to a gunshot wound, self inflicted while despondent about the condition of his health. The body was removed to the Schwartz Funeral home at Mendota where funeral arrangements are being completed.

The deceased has been a resident of the West Brooklyn for about 35 years and is survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 December 1948

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