DAVID RICKER, SR.

PROFOUND SORROW FILLED THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY LAST FRIDAY MORNING WHEN  IT WAS LEARNED THAT DAVID RICKER, SR., AN AGED AND RESPECTED CITIZEN OF WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, HAD COMMITTED SUICIDE BY HANGING. THE COUNTY CORNER, DR. SAMUEL BAILEY, WAS CALLED TO THE RICKER HOME FRIDAY MORNING WHEN THE BODY WAS FOUND HANGING IN THE CORN CRIB. AS IT WAS PLAINLY A CASE OF SUICIDE NO INQUEST WAS HELD.

MR. RICKER, WHO WAS SEVENTY-NINE YEARS OF AGE, WAS IN HIS USUAL GOOD HEALTH AND WAS CHEERFUL AND HAPPY THURSDAY MORNING WHEN HIS SONS DAVID, JR. AND FRANK WENT TO CRESTON. THAT AFTERNOON HE WENT TO THE MAIL BOX WHEN THE CARRIER CAME TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANY MAIL AND THAT WAS THE LAST SEEN OF HIM ON THAT DAY. HE EVIDENTLY WENT SOON THEREAFTER TO THE HOME OF HIS SON FRANK WHERE THE BODY WAS FOUND THE NEXT MORNING WHEN A NEIGHBOR CAME TO DO THE CHORES. A BOX NEAR BY SHOWED HE HAD STOOD ON THE BOX WHILE FASTENING THE ROPE TO THE TIMBERS OF THE CRIB AND HAD THEN KICKED THE BOX AWAY.

MR. RICKER WAS BORN IN BOHEMIA. HE CAME TO RINGGOLD COUNTY ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO AND SINCE THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE SEVERAL YEARS AGO, HAD MADE HIS HOME WITH HIS THREE SONS, FRANK, WILLIAM AND DAVID, JR.  HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL FARMER, HONORABLE IN THIS DEALINGS AND WAS HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM BY ALL HIS ACQUAINTANCES.

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