obit: John Slovak
JOHN SLOVAK FOUND IN BARN STRANGLED TO DEATH BY ROPE
Was Seen Alive Last Time Wednesday Afternoon Before Dark.
By strangling himself to death with a rope tied around his neck and passed over a rafter in his barn on the Brandt farm, twelve miles southeast of Columbus, John Slovak, a Bohemian farmer, committed suicide late Wednesday afternoon. No motive has been found. The body is supposed to have been hanging about an hour when it was discovered about seven o’clock by the Elo Girndt and Robert and Emil Slovak.
John Slovak was last seen alive by his family when he went toward the barn just before dark Wednesday afternoon. After he had been missing some time they became worried and began the search for him. Elo Girndt, who is a neighbor, joined in the search and he and the boys soon located him.
Mr. Slovak tied the rope around his neck in a slip knot and tied it to the rafter overhead while he stood on the ground. Then by kneeling he succeeded in strangling himself to death. When the body was found, his knees were only a few inches clear of the ground.
Elo Girndt notified the officers by telephone and County Judge John Hoye (?), Sheriff Wegenhoft and Deputy Hillmer went out and held the inquest Wednesday night.
Mr. Slovak was in ordinarily good health and as he made a good crop last year his relatives are at a loss to understand his act. He was a hard-working man and was considered one of the most industrious man in this county. He farmed on the W. H. Gilthero place last year and had just moved to the Brandt farm, known as the Westmoreland place a few weeks ago. He leaves a wife and several children at home and has several children married. The oldest child at home is nineteen years old.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed but he will be buried in the Odd Fellows’ Rest some time Friday afternoon – Columbus Citizen.
The Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 14, 1921
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis