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Lockhart - Earl

Source: Crawfordsville Review Monday April 10, 1916

Earl LOCKHART, age 22 killed himself by a shot fired from a 30 calibre Colt's automatic revolver at 5:30 Saturday afternoon at his home 711 Tuttle Ave. The bullet, a steel jacketed one, entered the right temple, ranged slightly down and came out back of the left ear. The bullet was found on the floor shortly after the shooting. Lockhart was employed as one of the operators of the signal tower at the junction, his tour of duty being from midnight to 8 a.m. On Saturday afternoon with his wife Lockhart had been downtown. He seemed to be in the best of spirits on the way to their home and had a pleasant greeting for friends. As they entered the home at near 5:30 Mrs. Lockhart dropped into a chair to rest. Mr. Lockhart passed around to the rear of his wife to a closet. The shot rang out and the man fell to the floor dead. A nice, 12 years old was in the room but was not paying particular attention to the acts of the uncle. Both she and Mrs. Lockhart thought that Lockhart had gone to the closet to get a match for a cigar that Mrs. Lockhart had given him. Mrs. Lockhart was frantic with grief but managed to give the alarm. Neighbors came in and the coroner was called. Dr. Williams arrived at about 8 p.m. He found conditions substantially as stated above. He will announce his verdict this morning. It will no doubt be that Lockhart took his life, although the motive for such a rash act is wholly lacking or unknown. Lockhart was a good, reliable workman and had been in the employ of the Big 4 for fully four years. He was well qualified for his position and got along well with his associated. His home life was ideal and his neighbors say that he and his wife were in each other's company a great deal of the time when he was off duty and that the companionship seemed ideal. Mrs. Lockhart, almost crazed with grief over the tragic affair could think of no reason for her husband's rash act. There had been no quarrel and never an intimation from Lockhart that he w as to do such a thing. The deceased man always carried a revolver to his work. His was night employment and he was along in the night. Tramps and vagrants often visited the tower and it was thought prudent that he be armed. It is known that he loved his wife devotedly and might have been of a jealous disposition if there had been any cause for it. But that there was no cause for such a belief is certain. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lockhart his associates at the tower and all the neighbors assert that the family relations were always of a pleasant character and that the two were as lovers. This is the second one of the Big 4 employees to take their life. Henry Wisehart, auditor of the freight department committed suicide by taking strychnine march 9. The second affair has cast a gloom not only over the home but among the employees of the road with whom young Lockhart was a favorite. - typed by kbz   
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