Valley Chronicle (St. Charles, Ill.), March 5, 1897
Took His Own Life On Tuesday morning of this week the Coroner received a telegram from Undertaker Kelley of Lilly Lake, saying that Lester Wadley, a well known young farmer of Virgil township, had shot himself the night before. That officer at once proceeded to the neighborhood and impaneled the following jury: J.W. Kelley, foreman, M.J. Springer, clerk, Charles Warford, Jno. Ramm, Charles Butt and Wm. Burton.
The testimony of Jerry Powell, a life long neighbor, Walter Baker, a hired man, James Chrystal, a brother-in-law, and May Wadley, the wife, called out the following facts: Lester Wadley came to Virgil with his father's family, Calvin Wadley, from Michigan, when four years of age. His father was prosperous, and today resides in Sycamore while owning two of the est farms in Virgil township. Lester living on one of them. Lester was not a success as a farmer and was badly in debt. His father refused to help him out, and found fault with his management.
Not very good crops and low prices this year seemed to worry him, he grew despondent and took to drink. About the holiday time he bought a revolver and told his wife and brother in law that he bought it to take his own life when he troubles became so bad he could not stand it. During the winter he was away from home a great deal and on Sunday night he went to Sycamore, returning on Monday morning. He at once went to bed and seemed in a very despondent mod. His wife protested with him and he told her "he would do not more work, let the children do it." He got up at six in the evening, went out to the barn and looked at the stock, returned to his room upstairs, and almost immediately after getting into bed he shot himself. The deed was done with a 32 American bull-dog revolver, held above the right temple, the ball coming out below the left jaw. In all probability death was instantaneous. He had been in the habit of going to bed, often lying three days at a time. When in such moods he refused to eat , telling his wife to "give his share to the children." His great worry seemed to be that his wife and children would come to want. His wife's mother, a Mrs. Quinn, recently of Sycamore, but now of Chicago, is quite wealthy. The deceased leaves a young wife in poor health, and five children, the oldest ten years, the youngest ten months, three boys and two girls. He was 33 years of age. The remains were buried at Sycamore Wednesday. - Geneva Republican.
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