Photo courtesy of photographer Chuck James
Photo courtesy of photographer Chuck James

Niobrara County Library - Frank St. Patrick Lohr (March 17, 1912 - February 13, 1934)

Frank St. Patrick Lohr (March 17, 1912 - February 13, 1934)

The Lusk Herald
February 15, 1934


Local Young Man Ends Life By Taking Strychnine; Efforts to Save Him Fail; Cause Unknown

A terrible experience awaited Ted Lohr when he returned to his rooms at the Molly Munkers boarding house shortly after midnight Monday, for as he reached the upper landing of the home, he was startled by a scream from his younger brother, Frank who was in the room where together they had lodged for the past several months. Rushing inside, he found the young man suffering intense pains and violent convulsions, saying in a broken voice that he had taken poison. He had taken about nine grains of strychnine.

It was 12:20 when Ted had come and the brother told him he had swallowed the potion about five minutes before, asking him to get a doctor. Ted rushed to the street where he found Constable F. W. DeCastro, and Dr. Reckling was immediately summoned. While waiting for the doctor the men rendered a first aid treatment of raw eggs and milk, but by that time the poison had taken effect and the young man's body was becoming rigid, although he remained conscious.

Upon the arrival of Dr. Reckling and some assistants, the use of a stomach pump was applied, but during one of the convulsions, the victim bit the tube in two, dying a few moments later, at 12:45 a.m.

The victim was a son of John Lohr, prominent rancher of the Kirtley community, and was not quite 23 years of age. He had been seemingly despondent at times for the past several weeks, it is said by friends, but on Monday was in unusually good spirits. No reason could be given for the act, although the young man had left a note merely saying that he (had) taken the poison.

He came to Lusk in the fall with his elder brother, and they resided here since, making friends with everyone they met. Frank was of sturdy build and was apparently in the finest of health. His act was a heart-breaking shock to the family and a surprise to his many acquaintances.

Besides his father he is survived by six brothers, Robert, of Texas; Raymond, of Nebraska; Ted, John, Harlan and Samuel, of Kirtley, Wyo.; and four sisters, Mrs. Delbert Jones of Big Springs, Nebr.; Mrs. Guy Hanson, of Harrison, Nebr.; Mrs. Glen Erlewine of Node, Wyo.; and Mrs. Del Carlisle, of Lusk, Wyo.

The remains were placed in charge of George Earl Peet of the Peet mortuary, and removed to the undertaking establishment, where they were prepared for burial.

Funeral services conducted at the Kirtley hall Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. Edwin F. Irwin pastor of the Congregational church of this city, officiating. An immense crown of friends and neighbors had gathered to pay their final respects to the deceased. Several duet selections were rendered by Mrs. Edna Howard DeCastro and Miss Bessie Lumsden, with Mrs. C.E. Marvin accompanying at the piano.

The body was interred in the family plot in the Kirtley cemetery.



The Lusk Free Lance
February 15, 1934
Obituary


Frank Lohr was born March 17th, 1911 at Kirley, Wyo. He passed away at Lusk, February 13th, 1934 at the age of 22 years and 11 months.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his father, four sisters, four brothers, one step-sister and one step-brother and other relatives an a host of friends.

Those preceding him in death were his mother, two brother, his step-mother and one step-brother.




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