THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD. March 18, 1910. "Hamburg".-- Ed McDonald who drank lye with suicidal intent died last Thursday night March 10, after seven days of intense suffering, aged 65 years.
Edward McDonald was born September 29, 1845 in Yates county, New YOrk, and came west when 19 years of age and finally settled at Union, Mo., where he met and married Louisa Reynolds in 1885. Five children, one daughter and four sons were born to them, three sons dying.
About 12 years ago Mr. McDonald moved to McKissick's Island south of town and lived there a short time and then moved his family to Hamburg. He was a very hard working man but about two years ago his health began to fail and he became afflicted with melancholy which terminated in unbalancing his mind. He told the neighbors shortly before death that he could not bear the thought of not being able to work and his wife supporting himself and family and resolved to rid them of the encumbrance.
Mr. McDonald carried $1000 life insurance in the Knights and Ladies of Security. The funeral services were held last Sunday at the Christian church of which Mr. McDonald was a member, Rev Bennett of Rockport preaching the sermon. Interment in Hamburg cemetery. Sincere sympathy is expressed for the widow and two children.