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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 30, 1916, continued

Editor’s note: There was no Dec. 31, 1916, or Jan. 1, 1917, paper.


Louis H. Plymale committed suicide at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, slashing his throat with a razor, severing the windpipe and jugular vein. Plymale came to Medford Friday morning from San Francisco accompanied by a brother. Frank Plymale was 44 years old, was born new Jacksonville, and was a son of the late W. J. Plymale.

At noon Plymale appeared cheerful. Shortly after lunch he shaved himself. A few minutes later he left the house on South Cottage creek and walked toward the bank of Bear creek. He was seen by Tom Collins, who followed him to the creek bank. Plymale warned him not to come close, drew the razor and after wading through the creek slashed his throat.

Collins summoned aid and Dr. Seely, Chief Hittson and Coroner Perl rushed the man to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he died at 5:30 o'clock.

Relatives attribute the suicide to despondence, cause by ill health following a nervous breakdown three years ago. Since the failure of his health he has spent his time visiting relatives in various coast towns.

For fifteen years Plymale connected with the Oregonian in the capacity of advertising man. He was a member of Harmony lodge No. 12, A .F. and A. M. of Portland.

The deceased man is survived by four sisters and six brothers, Mrs. Ada C. Jones of San Francisco, Cal., Mrs. Emmaline Stine of Woodland, Cal., Mrs. Marle Fairchild of Yreka, Cal., Mrs. Kate M. Collins, Medford, Will L. Plymale of Yreka, Cal., Frank Plymale of Alameda, Cal., Victor Plymale of Portland, Walter Plymale of Kansas City, and Ben H. Plymale of Medford.

The funeral will be held at Perk's chapel Sunday at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Jacksonville cemetery.