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News was received in this city Sunday morning, of the sudden death of Mr. Wilhelm Derkum, who lived at the old Riggins Mill place on the Moreau River, about four miles from this city.  Dr. N. DeWyl, coroner of this county, at once started for the place and found the body of the dead man on a bed at his house.  He at once summoned a jury and after hearing the statement of the wife, rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a gunshot wound, inflicted by his own hand.  Mr. Derkum was a young man of probably forty years of age, and leaves a widow and five children to mourn his loss.  Not cause is yet known for the rash act, and it was altogether unexpected by his friend s and relatives.  He was interred in the city cemetery in this city on Monday last; a large procession of friends and relatives followed his remains to their last resting place.
COLE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Jefferson City, MO. January 7, 1884, p1 c4. Typed by Joanne Scobee Morgan


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