George W Pearce Obituary

Quincy Daily Herald, Tuesday Evening, November 14, 1905

Death's Hand is Following
Sudden End of Geo. W. Pearce of Liberty
Died of heart Disease and the Coronger Held an Inquest -
Another echo of the Famous Lohmiller Tragedy

George W. Pearce one of the oldest and best known farmers of Liberty
townsip, died very suddenly this morning of heart disease. There
was no medical attendance and under the circumstances the coroner
held an inquest in the case.

The dead man was nearly 80 years of age and had long lived in Adams
county. He had been quite hearty and rugged until the last year but
in that time had failed perciptibly. He had had some trouble with
his heart and had taken counsel with a physician covering his case,
but of late had not been using medication or treatment. Before
5 o'clock this morning he was seized with a fainting spell and had
great difficulty in catching his breath. A telephone message was
hastily sent to Dr. Davidson, at Kingston, summoning him to the
house at once, but in the meantime, the patient grew steadily
worse and passed away before the physician arrived.

Coroner Thomas was informed over the telephone of the situation
and shortly after 8 this morning started to drive to the Pearce
residence. There the inquest was held upon his arrival and a
verdict of death from normal causes was returned. The coroner
is expected back this afternoon.

The dead man is survived by a wife and four sons. One son committed
suicide by blowing out his brains in the family home a few weeks
ago and another ended his life in a St. Louis hotel about four years
since. The family was entangled in the Lohmiller tragedy and for
that reason these violent deaths in the Pearce family become more
than ordinary coincidences. Lohmiller resided directly across
the highway from he Pearce farm and it was to the Pearce home that
Lohmiller went right after the murder of his wife.

The deceased was a man of some personal peculiarities, but was
generally respectedby all who knew him. He owned considerable land.
The farm on which he resided contained 160 acres and he also owned a
another strip of 160 acres in the section south. He could journey
for a straight mile and a half on his own land and his farm was
considered one of the best in Liberty Township. It lies in sections
20 and 35 about one mile south of the old post office of Barnard.

 

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