Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March l2, l925
OTIS BINNING, a well-known young farmer, residing just east of Delray, committed suicide by hanging himself in his barn last Thursday afternoon, the rash deed evidently being committed while laboring under mental aberation. MR. BINNING when a child, received an injury to his head, being run over by a wagon, and for some time had been extremely nervous, and it is evident that his mind gave away, as he had no financial or domestic troubles of any kind, but the past few months his nerves have been giving away. He was about the house and barn during the day, and left the house about 3 o'clock to go out to clean out his barn. About 5 o'clock his wife went to gather the eggs and when she entered the barn, found him dead. He had taken a rope and tied it to a rafter, made a noose around his neck and then dropped down the hay chute. Coroner Dr. C.H. Mitchell went out and viewed the body, but decided an inquest was not necessary. MR. BINNING was a fine young man, and his death is greatly regretted by a large circle of friends.
OTIS BINNING, third son of FRANK and CORA BINNING, was born in Long Creek Township, Decatur County, Iowa, January 24, l889, died at his home near Delray on March 5, l925, aged 26 years, l month and ll days. On April 25, l923, he was united in marriage to FLORENCE STOUT, at Grand River. To this union twin babies, DEAN and DORA, now about nine months old, were born. OTIS had spent his entire life in Decatur County, and was an industrious and popular young man. While not a member of any church, he had confessed his faith in Christ during a revival meeting held at Pleasant Valley in l922. When a small boy, he fell from a wagon and received injuries about his head which troubled him more and more as he grew older, and was undoubtedly the cause of his death.
He leaves to mourn his untimely death, his devoted wife and two babies, father, mother, three brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church in Decatur, Saturday, March 7th, conducted by Rev. E.C. Vanderpool. Interment was in the Decatur Cemetery.
A CARD -- We desire to express our sincere thanks to our many kind friends and neighbors for their thoughtfulness and kindly deeds during our great bereavement, and assure them that we will always remember them.
MRS. OTIS BINNING,
MR. & MRS. FRANK BINNING
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October l2, 2002