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December 30, 1893
Lake County, Indiana
The coroner has completed his investigation into the death of WILLIAM OZIER, who committed suicide at Whiting, Ind. recently, and it has been brought to light that a suicide club is in existence in Lake County. It stated intervals a drawing occurred, and the member who drew the fatal ballot was to be the next victim. The secrecy of the club made the investigation difficult, but 12 persons who have lately taken their lives in Lake County are all supposed to have been members. It is a strange circumstance that each of the 12 adopted different means of suicide. [Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Crown Point Indiana, May 14 [1896] -- Jacob Ellwanger suicided yesterday from brooding over the mysterious murder of his son and daughter-in-law a year ago. Ellwanger's wife was stricken with apoplexy from the shock at the suicide of her husband and will die. [ 14 May 1896, Wilkes-Barre Times (PA) - submitted by K. Torp]

Crown Point, Ind., Nov. 17 [1897] - Rather than spend his life in an insane asylum Jacob Lauerman, of St. John, this county, laid his head over a rail as a fast train on the Monon was approaching this morning and his head was smashed to a pulp. His family was preparing to take him to an asylum this morning when he broke away and ran for the track. [24 Nov 1897, The Indiana State Journal - submitted by K. Torp]

Uhter, Henry
SUICIDE..... Mr. Henry Uhter, who lived a little east of the Egypt school house, born in Germany, Jan. 20, 1818, coming to Lake County in 1870, was found dead in his room Sunday morning April 15, 1906, with a gun upon or beside him. He was 88 years of age. Had been quite an invalid for twelve years. Three sons and six daughters, four of the daughters married, are living. The married daughters are: Mrs. Albert Hack, Mrs. Westberg, Mrs. Henry Worley, Mrs. John H. Worley. Mrs. Uhter is also living. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910"]

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