Photos courtesy of photographer Chuck James.
Photos courtesy of photographer Chuck James.

Niobrara County Library - Lawrence Henry Brahms (July 18, 1910 - July 22, 1929)

Lawrence Henry Brahms (July 18, 1910 - July 22, 1929)

The Lusk Herald
July 25, 1929

Jireh Boy Ends Life Motive Is Unknown

Lawrence Henry Brahms, 19 years old, son of Mrs. Louise Brahms of near Jireh, ended his life last Monday afternoon, July 22, at about 8:00 o'clcok in the afternoon, by using a 12-gauge shotgun.

No motive for the rash act of the young man has been ascribed, and it is believed he committed the act while in a fit of despondency.

Several other boys, including the Brahms boy, had planned to go in swimming Monday afternoon, but when the time came to go, Lawrence said he did not want to go. The other boys went anyway, leaving him at home. When they returned they did not find him, and at once instituted a search. After searching for some time, the body was found near one of the outbuildings, and he had apparently been dead for some time. He had placed the 12-gauge shotgun against his temple, and pulled the trigger with a stick, the charge tearing away almost all the top of his head.

Coroner George Earl Peet was called from Lusk, and held an inquest over the remains. A jury composed of George Grant, Charles Pfifer and Frank Demmer was empaneled, which returned a verdict of suicide.

The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock, with burial in the Jireh cemetery, arrangements being made by the Peet Mortuary. Rev. Wilcox of Manville will officiate.

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