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EVANS, (No first name listed)

    Cambria Freeman, 10 Aug 1906, Contributed by Lisa Baker


Spangler Man While Enjoying Sunday Morning Comes Upon Decomposed Body of Suicide

Sunday morning, while walking through a very dense strip of forest, near Spangler, Guy Biss was horrified to see hanging to a tree, a badly decomposed body. He at once notified Dr. W.S. Wheeling, of Spangler, and Dr. McMullen, of Barnesboro, who communicated with Coroner Prothero, of Johnstown. The coroner, not thinking it necessary to hold an inquest on account of the condition the body was in, instructed them to examine the corpse and if necessary hold a post mortem. By this time nearly the whole community had turned out to view the remains as they were hanging to the tree. The two physicians followed the instructions given them and had Undertaker Wyland, of Spangler, remove the body to his establishment.

The body is supposed to be the remains of a Mr. Evans, a former barber of Bakerton, a small town about fifteen miles from Spangler. Evans left there several years ago and tramped all over the country, working at different places several weeks at a time. The last he had been heard of was about five months ago, at which time he was working at Houtzdale, Clearfield county. The identification was brought about by finding on his person a razor and a pair of scissors, and by having a crooked finger on his right hand. The remains were in a badly decomposed state and it is thought that the body has been hanging in the woods for several months.

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