Br. J. W. Baldwin
Shock Kills Father
Death stalked into the home of one of Port Clinton's most prominent faiu- ilies early Tuesday morning, when Dr. J. W. Baldwin, 47, physician, ended his life by taking .cyanide at his homo at 610 East Perry street nure and his aged father, M. G. Baldwin,..82, died from the effects of the shock of his son's tragic death, a ^half hour later.
News-, of'the tragedy at t'he-Bald- win home spread like wildfire thru- out Port Clinton, and many wild ru¬ mors were being- circulated about the business section of this city. Coroner C. J. Yeisley, however, put a stop to these rumors when he announced his verdict of suicide by poisoning, and the death of the father as caused by the shock.
According to (he coroner, who was called to the home of the Baldwins immediately after the tragedy, Dr. Baldwin had gone on a party'with a number of friends earlier in the eve¬ ning. He returned- to his home lato Monday niglit, when, the coroner in his report said that a family quarrel ensued. Dr. Baldwin it is said went to his office at L2G East Second street, and then procured'the poison which later ended his life. Returning to his home, the coroner's report sa.id, the quarrel continued for some time. Dr. Baldwin later went to the kitchen and getting a glass filled it with u, deadly poison and then walked to the room of a roomer, Robert Gillian.
Entering Gillan's room, the report continues, Dr. Baldwin talked to th*: young man and ended up by saying- "See this stuff in this glass. Well there is enough poison there to kii! ten people." With that he lifted the glass to his lips and drained the con¬ tents. Gillan seeing what had hap¬ pened, rushed to the phone and call¬ ed two local physicians, but their ef¬ forts to revive the ma.n were of no avail, as the poison had already end- ,ed his life.
M. G. Baldwin, father of the doctor,
ho had been malting his home here
nee the famliy moved from Toledo,
'turned from a meeting of the
Knights of Pythias lodge, and when
told of the tragic death of his son,
the shock proved too great and he
fell over dead.
Dr. Baldwin had suffered a nervous breakdown, according to the coroner, and this was given as the motive for suicide act. The remains of both the doctor, and his father were taken to Toledo, their former home, for fu¬ neral services and interment.
Dr. Baldwin came to Port Clinton from Toledo about three years ago and had established a large practice here. He was favorbly known in his profession and he and his wife were prominently identified with the social life of this city. He was known, as one of the city's finest physicians, and professional care was much in de¬ mand by the suffering of Port Clin¬ ton. His office at 126 East Perry streel/was well patronized, and he en¬ joyed a fine successful business since coming-to'Port Clinton. Besides his wife, Dr. Baldwin is survived by an ight-year-old son, Robert. The news of Dr. Baldwin's suicide „nd the resulting death of his father came as a severe shock to the erit*T3 community. Although the father, M. Baldwin was not very well known here, having lived in retirement since coming to Port Clinton, he enjoyed, the friendship of everyone with whom he came in contact. The Baldwins, ..■!.. nftn» nnminir tn Pfirt PlilltniV
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