Death of William Conklin-2nd article.
THE GREENBUSH TRAGEDY.
No Cause yet Shown Why the Suicidal Act was Accomplished.
We expected to be able this week to give full particulars concerning the causes which led Wm. Conklin, Esq., the Greenbush lumberman, to commit the rash act of self destruction, on Friday afternoon last. But, as yet, the matter remains a mystery, no evidence having been produced to show that the tragical act was premeditated and deliberately performed while the mind was in a sane condition, or otherwise. We can not learn that Mr. Conklin was insolvent in any degree that would likely prey upon and cause great stress and probable temporary abberation of the mind; neither are we assured that domestic affairs were of such nature as to hold out an inducement to him to commit the act. In fact, all clear evidence which we have gained is decidedly unfavorable especially to the latter of these two causes. All statements corroborate the fact that of late years the home of Mr. Conklin has been pleasant and agreeable, and that up to the time of his death there was no dissention or unfriendly feeling existing between himself and wife. If Mr. C. was heavily involved in any way pecuniarily, it is unknown by his wife or other persons in this county. It is generally believed, to the contrary, that his financial standing was of the first order, and he was abundantly able to pay all his debts without injury or discommodure to his business. But we probably shall know more about his matter when the estate of Mr. C. comes to be administered.
The inquest held over the body of the deceased, brought out no evidence other than that common with the intelligence of the people. The verdict of the jury was: "That William Conklin came to his death at Greenbush, on the sixth day of July, 1877, by a pistol shot fired by himself, while laboring under temporary insanity."
William Conklin was a large-hearted, generous man, highly respected by all who knew him. He had faults, to be sure (what man has not), but his good qualities overcame his faults, in most cases, and made him very popular with the world. As a business man he took rank among the first of the Shore, and we may truthfully say he was successful in amassing considerable of a fortune, honestly. He was supervisor of Greenbush township, this county, at the time of his death, which office he has held--with the exception of about six months--since the organization of the county, in 1869. He was apparently always jovial and in good humor, and invariably met his friends, which were legion, with a warm salutation. He was a member, in good standing, of the Masonic fraternity, at AuSable, and also of the Knights of Pythias at Detroit. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his untimely departure, all of whom have the tender sympathy of a large circle of near friends.
The funeral services of the deceased were held in the Methodist church in Harrisville last Sunday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic order, of Au Sable. The attendance upon the occasion was very large, more persons being present than the church could accommodate with seats. The sermon was preached by Rev. N. N. Clark, from the appropriate text, found in Chronicles:
"And Saul took a sword and fell upon it."