I'm not related in any way to the Calkins or Adams family but came across a very old and crumbling newspaper that contained the following article.I'm posting in hopes it will help someone in their research.
The Wakarusa Tribune, Wakarusa, Indiana Thursday, April 11, 1907, page 1
KILLED HIMSELF FOR LOVE.
Charles Calkins Ends Life on Stree in Elkhart.
Despondent over a love affair with Lottis Adams, a domestic at the home of J. A. Johnson, an Elkhart resident, Charles Calkins, 20 years old and a son of Henry Calkins of Elkhart, last Thursday committed suicide by firing a bullet into his left breast.Death was instantaneous.
But a few moments before he ended his life, Calkins had telephoned the girl from Dotson's saloon.It is claimed he planned to kill Miss Adams and Charley Rowley, an Elkhart city fireman of whom he was jealous for keeping company with the girl.His nerve evidently failed him and concluded to confine the killing to himself.
Drinking caused Calkin's downfall.A year ago he joined the regular army in the hope of reform, but stayed only a few months.At the time of his death he was a member of Co. E., I. N. G.
Threats to kill himself and possibly others had been made by Calkins so many times that Miss Adams lived in constant fear of him and tired to avoid meeting him.He annoyed the girl often.
After the communication by telephone Thursday morning Calkins walked to the Johnson home.When within a few feet of the doorstep, he stopped, hesitated a moment, pulled the gun a 38 calibre Smith & Wesson, from his inside pocket, pointed it at his left breast and pulled the trigger.
Af few moments later he was a corpse.
Calkins' parents, three brothers and two sisters survive.The suicide had been unsteady in his habits.He was deeply in love with the Adams girl but she would not tolerate him.
Miss Adams' parents reside in Elkhart.They are poor people.