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Frank Ebaugh

1864 - 1901

Frank Ebaugh, husband of Catherine Allison "Kate" Camery

Frank Ebaugh Suicides.

Frank Ebaugh, a son-in-law of I. W. Camery of Henry, committed suicide last Friday afternoon. The act was committed about half a mile above the Spring Lake canal, on the Illinois river below Pekin, by leaping from the steamer Leo and plunging beneath the waters before he could be rescued. Ebaugh was well known by river men. For some time he has been acting queerly, and for the last three weeks his actions have become so pronounced that his relatives in Pekin, with whom he has been staying, had decided to take him to Jacksonville that day. His father, Charles S. Ebaugh, is captain of the steamer Leo, formerly the Frankie Folsom. They had been to Spring lake with the boat, which belongs to the firm of Smith, Hippeu & Co., and was returning when the rash leap was made. The boat was about a half mile this side of the canal which leads to the lake, when Ebaugh, who had been standing near the boilers, suddenly rushed to the side of the boat and before he could be stopped disappeared over the side of the vessel and sank beneath the waters. J. B. Campbell, the fireman, was the only person who saw the incident. He marked the spot as best he could by the shore markings and the boat was stopped as quickly as possible and the body recovered some time later. It was taken to Pekin and was buried from that city.

He had been suffering from a nervous ailment for nearly a month past, and had according to his folks threatened at different times to end his career. He said that he was tired of living, and this idea seemed to have found such a disordered brain that he was to have been placed under the care of Dr. Norworth of Jacksonville.

He was a member of the K. of P. and Modern Americans.

He married Catherine Camery, daughter of I. W. Camery of Henry, who died two years ago. One child, a daughter named May, aged 13 years survives him. He would have been 37 years of age next February.

Coroner Holmes of Delavan held an inquest, and the jury found that Frank Ebaugh came to his death by taking his life by jumping into the river on Friday, November 29, 1901, at 1.30 o’clock, at a point one-half mile above Kingston Mines, while his mind was temporarily deranged. Those on the boat at the time of the incident were his father and mother, his daughter May, Nathan Campbell engineer, and J. B. Campbell the fireman, who saw the man leap to his death. Frank was a very agreeable man and was well liked.

Contributed 29 Mar 2018 by [email protected]


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