over Ill-health, He Takes His Life
The body of Vilas B. Slater, still warm, was found hanging in
the barn at the farm on which he lived 5 miles northwest of
Turon, early Friday afternoon.
Suicide was the cause of death; and despondency because of
ill-health probably caused Mr. Slater to take his life. He
had been a farmer living near Turon for many years.
He was 61 years of age. He leaves a wife and three sons, two
of whom are married. One son, Orville D. Slater living in
Hutchinson He is a messenger for the Wells Fargo express
Mr. Slater’s home was directly across the road from the
Pleasant Ridge school. As soon as his body was discovered,
Dr. Pope, of Turon, was called.
Mr. Slater is a brother-in-law of Mrs. G. J. Lamont, of
Hutchinson. He has a sister living at Newton and one in
It is believed that Mr. Slater hung himself about noon, as his
body was found about ten minutes after that time. He had been
in poor health for some time, and was moody and melancholy
because of the fact.
The funeral services were held at the country home last
Saturday at 2 o’clock. Rev. Hurst was the officiating
minister. He was buried in the Turon cemetery.
Turon Weekly Press
Turon, Reno County, Kansas
Thursday, February 24, 1916
page – front column – 1
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for the many
deeds of kindness extended to us in our sad bereavement of our
husband and father.
Mrs. V. D. Slater and family