Longmont Ledger (Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado) Jan 10, 1908Page 1
An Old Longmonter Suicides
Three suicides mark the disasters in Denver this week, one of whom is Wm. LaShell, whom we used to call “Billy” in the old days in Longmont, when he was clerk in R. M/ Hubbard’s grocery store in the eighties.He married while his home was in Longmont, and his children were born here.Afterwards he went to Sunset, a mining town, and conducted a small store. The Denver papers say he lost all in the panic of ‘93 and never recuperated. It is hard to record, the passing of the old Longmonters in that way.A bullet from a 32 caliber revolver in the temple, settled it.We believe men were intended for better things; but some temperments find it hard to keep up in this “great commercial age”, when money is demanded constantly, and if a man hasn’t what is wanted, he is likely to be treated very coldly to say the least, and then he thinks there is no place on earth for him.