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    Johnstown Tribune, 10 Jul 1909, Page 1, Contributed by Gordon Grening

DEAD BODY FOUND SITTING UPRIGHT

Gruesome Discovery of Boys in West Taylor

I. C. BARNES A SUICIDE

LEANED AGAINST A TREE AND SENT BULLET INTO BRAIN.

Was Seen in That Locality Late Yesterday and Was Then Intoxicated, in Which Condition He Probably Took His Life—Had No Financial or Domestic Difficulties.

The cold, rigid, and slightly discolored dead body of Isaiah C. Barnes, a prominent resident and business man of West Taylor Township, was found about 1 o’clock this afternoon sitting up against a tree along Laurel Run, near the Penn Traffic slaughter house below Coopersdale. The gruesome find was made by some boys, who, at the request of Mrs. Barnes, had searched all morning for Mr. Barnes, who had not been seen by members of (Continued on Page 11.)

DEAD BODY FOUND SITTING UPRIGHT
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his family since yesterday morning. Besides the body of the dead man lay a whisky bottle, a beer bottle, and a 38-caliber revolver, from which one shot had been fired. In his right temple was a hole, around which were powder burns and from which blood had oozed and trickled down over the side of the face and neck.

The circumstances clearly indicate suicide, according to relatives of the deceased and those who knew him. Mr. Barnes, The Tribune has been reliably informed, had neither domestic nor financial troubles. He was addicted to drink, however, and persons who saw him last evening say he was intoxicated then. He was seen late in the afternoon yesterday in the vicinity of the place where he was found, and people who live in that locality say they heard a shot about 4:30 o’clock, leading to the belief that Mr. Barnes killed himself at that hour.

Deputy-Coroner, H. B. Mainhart and Dr. Emlyn Jones visited the scene this afternoon and were satisified that Mr. Barnes came to his death by his own hand. They then turned the body over to Undertaker Henderson.

Isaiah C. Barnes formerly conducted a grocery store in West Taylor Township, selling out not long ago to Bruce Ribblett. He was to have opened up another store near the tannery next Monday. He was forty-four years old and leaves a wife and three daughters, all the latter being married.

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