Monday, May 5, 2008


Ray, Fred

The East Liverpool Tribune


Fred Ray, Despondent Over Marital Troubles, Takes Life in a Saloon

Fred Ray, aged 21, better known as Fred Dennis, committed suicide Saturday (Oct. 6, 1906) by taking carbolic acid. About two years ago Ray married Anna May Weaver, of Georgetown, and the couple moved from Wellsville to Martins Ferry. Their three-months-old baby died three weeks ago, after which Mrs. Ray, it is alleged, fell into the habit of leaving home and remaining away for days at a time.

She left home Monday and Ray instituted a search for her during which he reappeared in Wellsville. Unsuccessful he became despondent and purchasing two ounces of carbolic acid went to the Palace saloon and after mixing ten cents worth of whiskey with the drug entered a closet and swallowed the poison.

Later parties in the saloon heard him moaning and on opening the closet door found him unconscious.

Ray was removed in the police ambulance to the home of his mother, Mrs. Julia Keenan, Second street, where he was attended by Dr. Hutchinson. The doctor was unable to revive him and he died within an hour.

The funeral services will be held at one o'clock this afternoon from the Keenan residence.

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