Henderson County, Kentucky Obituary
Reporter, Henderson, Kentucky
On Tuesday morning
last, the citizens of Smith Mills in this county, were shocked by the
starling intelligence that Dr. GRAVES, of that, place, had committed
suicide. From the best information
that we have been able to gather, it seems that the Doctor arose about
four o’clock on the morning named, and without saying anything to his
wife, went to his office and secured a vial of strychnine, a portion of
which he took. He then returned
home and immediately went back to bed with his clothes on.
In a few minutes
his wife, perceiving that he was breathing very hard and with apparent
difficulty, asked him what was the matter, to which he replied “nothing.”
Feeling somewhat alarmed, however, Mrs. GRAVES arose, when
her husband went into convulsions.
Mrs. GRAVES sent immediately for Dr. COOPER, who
lived but a short distance away, and when he arrived asked the dying man
if anything hurt him. “No,”
said he, “nothing at all; but I have taken a dose of strychnine.”
An enema was
then prepared, but he refused to take it, and again relapsed into a convulsion
after which he was so completely exhausted that it was thought best not
to attempt to force him to take it, as he was too far gone for it to have
the desired effect. He then
rallied again for a few minutes and asked that his shoes be removed, which
was done and in a few minutes more the poor old man had passed beyond
this world to try the realities of the great unknown without giving any
reason for the rash and reckless deed.
1880 Henderson County Census, Page 351, Listing #316, J. C. Graves age 70, W, M, physician, b)KY; Amelia Graves age 63, W, F, wife, b)KY; Kate Gallagher age 26, W, F, servant, b)KY; Polly Powell age 14, W, F, neice, b)KY.