The Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, St. Clair, MO, Thursday, Mar. 2, 1922
TRAGEDY AT MERWIN
The lifeless body of H. B. Owen, of Merwin, Mo., one of the most prominent citizens of the northwestern part of Bates county, was found hanging by the neck in the Owen and Houtz elevator Wednesday afternoon by his wife, according to a special message to The Times Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Owen was last seen about ten o'clock Wednesday morning and when he failed to return home, his wife, believing he was delayed by the rain, went to the elevator about one o'clock taking with her an extra coat, and to her horror found his lifeless body hanging.
For several years Mr. Owen had been in very bad health and it is thought that his brooding over his physical condition resulted in his taking his life.
Mr. Owen, who was about sixty-three years of age, was one of the most highly respected citizens of that community.
Besides conducting the Owen and Houtz elevator he was president of the Bank of Merwin.
The tragic death of Mr. Owen comes as a decided shock to the entire community whose deepest sympathies go out to the bereaved family.