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THE WESTERN STAR, 15 May 1908
Obituary of NORA RINER
A CASE OF SUICIDE.

Another and tragedy of a woman becoming tired of living and taking her own life was enacted this week. Mrs. Nora Riner, the divorced wife of Frank Riner of Valley tp., died at 10 o'clock p.m. on last Tuesday at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Riner in Valley tp., her death resulting from taking, evidently with suicidal intent, one eighth grain of strychnine. The young lady and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Geo. Riner, went to Protection on Tuesday and while there she complained of a severe
headache. She secured a room at the Wuchter hotel and rested for an hour or so after which she stated that she felt better. Just before she started for home she purchased some strychnine, claiming that she wanted
it to use in killing gophers. About 9:15 p.m., after reaching home, the woman swallowed the strychnine and died 45 minutes later. She expressed a desire to die. Medical aid was immediately summoned, but the woman was dead when the physician arrived. Dr. F. L. Holcomb of this city, county coroner, was notified and went to the Riner home. He decided that it was so plainly a case of suicide that a coroner's inquest was unnecessary.

Mrs. Riner's parents live in Colorado. She came to Comanche co. a few weeks ago and was visiting at Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Riner's. She was married at the age of 15 to Frank Riner, but they had lived together but little
and were divorced. It is said that the woman sought a reconciliation and re-marriage with her former husband, and grieving over her apparent failure to bring this about was probably the cause of her taking her life. A daughter, about 3 years old, had been adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Riner. Burial took place on Wednesday afternoon.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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