Chariton County, Missouri

Name of Deceased: Henry Frank Klaus Sr.
Newspaper: Salisbury Press Spectator
Date: Mar 16, 1928
Submitters Name: Clarence H. Eisberg

Obit: Henry Klaus Sr. 86 - Ends Life By Hanging
Was found in the Barn at His Home Early Monday Morning
Henry Klaus, Sr. for many years a well known and highy respected citizen of this community, committed suicide sometime early Monday morning at his home in the east section of the city.
Mr. and Mrs. Klaus entertained company Sunday evening, and he retired as usual, seemingly with no burden on his mind.  Early Monday morning he was missed from the house, and upon search his lifeless body was found in the barn.  Sometime during the night he arose, dressed and went to the barn, where he had evidently before hand prepared the noose, made from a small clothes line rope.  The rope was fastened to a nail about eight feet from the ground, and Mr. Klaus had climbed upon a small platform, placed the slip-knot about his neck and stepped off the platform.  Death was due to strangulation, although when his body was suspended his feed did not clear the ground.
During the last few years, his health which had always been rugged declined very rapidly.  Lately his mind also seemed to grow more feeble.  It is assumed that in a state of temporary insanity caused by senilis dementia, he commited the deplorable act of ending his life.
Frank Henry Klaus was born in Borckhorst, Germany, December 3, 1844, and was christened and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Germany.  He left Germany Septemeber 1, 1865 to seek a location in the United States. On November 9 in the same year arrived at St. Louis, where he resided the next ten years.  On August 17, 1871 he was united in marriage to Miss Latie Louise Wiedey, who preceded him to the grave over forty years ago.  Eight children were born to this union, four of whom died in infancy.  The four living children are:  William and Henry Klaus and Mrs. Louise Scheiderer of west of twon and Mrs. Ed Boerger of Wharton, Texas.  After the death his first wife, Mr. Klaus remained a widower for many years.  On October 17, 1905 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Catherine Rothenhauser, who died in 1912.  In 1913 he married Mrs. Fannie Bertsch of this city, whom he leaves to mourn his going.   One sister, Mrs. Henry Ostman of St. Charles, also survives.
Mr. Klaus first moved to Salisbury in 1875, but stayed only about a year and a half, when he returned to St. Louis for five more years, again taking up his residence here in 1882, which has been continous since that time.  He was a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and friend, and one of the hardy pioneers whose passing causes many to mourn.
Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. Alv Graebner, after which the remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery.