Tragic Death Shocks Community in 1908


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/3/1908.

One of the saddest events that has happened in our county for some time occurred about a mile above Arnoldsburg last Monday afternoon, when Lory Coger, a boy of about 17 or 18 years of age committed suicide by shooting himself with a shot gun.  He rested the but of the gun on the fence by the side of the road and placing the muzzle on his breast, then reaching forward, he pulled the trigger.  The charge of shot entered the right breast and passed almost entirely through the body, killing him instantly.  No cause can be assigned for the rash act, but it is generally supposed that he had been disappointed in a love affair.  The tragedy occurred in the public road, near the home of Andy Mace, about one mile above Arnoldsburg, and was witnessed by Mrs. "Shug" Mace and daughter.  The unfortunate young man told some of his friends that he was going to kill himself, but they did not pay any heed to his words, thinking that he was only jesting.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coger, both of whom are living, and reside near the scene of the tragedy.  He was respected and liked by every one in that neighborhood.  He was honest, upright and truthful, and no one ever dreamed of him taking his own life.  The remains were interred Wednesday morning at the Spring Run Cemetery.