1860 - 1925 (64 years)
||John Bisher [1, 2] |
||10 Jul 1860
||21 Jan 1925
||Fulton Co., Indiana [3, 4]
||Bishir Family | John & Angelina Bishir
||4 Apr 2009 |
||Joseph Bisher, b. 27 Jul 1829, Mason, Warren Co., Ohio , d. 14 Mar 1907, Fulton Co., Indiana (Age 77 years) |
||Mary Frocoat, b. 21 Feb 1833, Ohio , d. 19 Dec 1920, Rochester, Fulton Co., Indiana (Age 87 years) |
||15 Apr 1852
||Adams Co., Indiana
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- John appears between Sarah and Mariah in the birth order in the 1870 census. He is listed as 14 years old.
FULTON COUNTY INDIANA
Jean C. and Wendell C. Tombaugh
Thursday, January 22, 1925
For the first time in the history of the Fulton circuit court, a case was postponed because of the suicide of the defendant during the taking of the evidence in the suit. This occurred Thursday morning when Judge CARR carried over the term the damage suit of Elmer MONESMITH vs. John BISHER due to the suicide of Bisher Wednesday night.
The jury was empaneled Wednesday morning after only one prospective juror had been excused for cause. Three witnesses had been placed on the stand by the plaintiff before the adjournment of court Wednesday evening. Judge Carr, it is presumed, will appoint an administrator of Mr. Bisher's estate and it is then probable that Mr. Monesmith may make the administrator the defendant in the damage suit.
Evidently dismayed by the evidence against him in the Fulton circuit court in a damage suit for malicious prosecution, John Bisher, 65, well known farmer who lives eight and one-half miles west of this city on the Burton road, committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun sometime Wednesday night. He was defendant in the Monesmith-Bisher case.
Phillip BAKER, a neighbor of Mr. Bisher and also a relative, made the discovery Thursday morning when he went to call for Bisher to bring him to Rochester in time for the trial. He immediately called Sheriff CARR and Coroner HIATT of Kewanna. After questioning a number of persons, Hiatt pronounced death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Mr. Baker's body was found at the foot of a stairway in the living room of his little farm home. From all appearances, Bisher, who had long arms, had faced the north and placed the gun barrel just over his left eye and then pulled the trigger. In his fall he hit the west side of the room, which was spattered with blood.
The buckshot tore away the upper part of his head.
Mr. Bisher and his neighbor, Elmer MONESMITH, had had trouble over a ditch which led to the filing of a suit in the court of Justice of the Peace William EWING here on November 5, 1923, when Bisher charged Monesmith with damming a ditching that flowed through their farms. In the trial of the case it was shown that hogs owned by Monesmith had rooted in the sides of the ditch and . . . . [continued to missing page]. . . .
Monday, January 26, 1925
Funeral services for the late John BISHER, who committed suicide last Thursday morning after evidence in a suit for malicious prosecution in which he was defendant was very disappointing to him, was held Sunday afternoon at the Sharon church 10 miles west of Rochester on the Burton road. It was one of the most largely attended funerals ever held in Aubbeenaubbee township. The body was buried in the Moon cemetery.
An interesting sidelight to Mr. Bisher's death is the devotion which his fox terrier dog has shown since his master's death. He has refused to eat and followed behind the hearse for several miles. He is being cared for by neighbors of the dead man.
Mr. Bisher's will [was] filed in the Fulton circuit court last Friday. His chief provision was a bequest of $5,000 to the trustees of the Orphans' Home at Mexico. The residue of the estate is to be divided among his sisters and to the heirs of his deceased brothers and sisters per sterpes. It is understood that Mr. Bisher's relatives will contest the will, which was drawn on September 19, 1921, and witnessed by Peter STINGLY and Harry BERNETHA.
- [S482] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003).
- [S597] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).
- [S472] Fulton County Cemeteries.
- [S505] Fulton County Obituaries.