Source: Chicago Sunday Tribune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Grieved by M’Kinley’s Death, Young Woman Takes Her Life”
City of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date of publication: 15 September 1901
Volume number: 60
Issue number: 258
|“Grieved by M’Kinley’s Death, Young Woman Takes Her Life.” Chicago Sunday Tribune 15 Sept. 1901 v60n258: part 1, p. 8.|
|Grace Wilson; William McKinley (death: personal response); McKinley assassination (related tragedies).|
|William McKinley; Grace Wilson; James H. Wilson.|
|The article is accompanied by a photograph of Grace Wilson on the same page.|
Grieved by M’Kinley’s Death, Young Woman Takes Her Life
Grieved by the death of President McKinley,
Grace Wilson, 17 years old, daughter of James H. Wilson, 6664 Michigan avenue,
declared yesterday morning that she could not live, and a few minutes later
killed herself by firing a bullet into her temple. She had been despondent since
the shooting of the President and had spoken several times as if she contemplated
suicide, but her parents had believed that in time she would regain her former
Shortly before 8 o’clock yesterday morning she read of the death of the President, and exclaimed to her mother:
“O, the President is dead. They have killed him. We are losing all our best men. I do not wish to live longer.”
In a few minutes she went to her room, and almost immediately afterward the sound of the shot was heard.
After the assassin’s bullet was fired at the nation’s Chief executive Miss Wilson had been intensely interested in the latter’s condition, following each bulletin in the President’s fight against death. When the news of the gradual sinking of Mr. McKinley came she spent hours weeping in her room.
She purchased the latest edition of the newspapers to learn the condition of the President.
Yesterday morning she arose early, and, as usual, hurried to the nearest place where the newspapers could be obtained. On her return she seemed more than usually depressed. Nothing was said by her at the breakfast table which would indicate she intended to end her life.
When her father, who is employed at the Stock-Yards, had left for his work, she made the remarks which showed how deeply the President’s death had affected her. She secured her father’s revolver from a bureau in his room, then going to her apartment she stood before her mirror, placed the weapon against her temple, and fired.
Startled by the shot, members of the household rushed to the room and found the young woman lying on the floor. Death had been instantaneous.
The parents say their daughter had possessed a cheerful disposition previous to the crime at Buffalo. She had no love affair that was known to them, and they are positive that her grief over the President’s death alone was the cause for her act. The young woman left school a few years ago because of failing health, and since then had been teaching music.