Sometime ago I posted this and doing so again for any newcomers.
Years ago a Dr. Hagler found an old diary in a desk at Canton, Missouri. This
diary was written by an Albert McKee and is supposedly in the library at
College in Quincy, Adams, Illinois. The following are some entries from the
diary, of which I have a full copy in my files.
Apr 9  Mild and pleasant day. Spent the day at home except visiting
Mr. Bowles. He was very sick.
Apr 30 Clear and windy and rather cool, stayed about home. Went to
Mr. Bowles in the evening.
Thurs May 4 Clear, warm and windy. I was sent for about six o'clock in the
to go to Mr. Bowles for he had shot himself with a rifle.
I went down
and found him lying upon the floor in his blood, alive,
easily and without any struggling. He lay like a man
asleep. It was
one of the most afflicting sights that I have ever beheld
to see as
kind a neighbor and a man of as much knowledge and sense
was, in such awful situation and then to witness the
distress of his
afflicted family was truly distressing. Mrs. Bowles was
parent, a good neighbor and a loving and tender husband
benevolent man. His house was always open for the
the weary traveller and his hand was never closed
against the wants
of the needy and oppressed; by his death the community
suffered a great loss an his death will long be felt in
the county and
vicinity. He shot himself about half past five in the
morning and died
May 5 Clear and windy, warm in forenoon and cool in the afternoon.
Attended the funeral of Mr. Bowles which was about 10