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“My Acquaintances Who Have Kild Themselves”

(Note: The is the second in an ongoing grouping of posts dealing with my research on 22nd MVI veteran, draftee and Springfield resident Orrin Cook. See the first post here.)

Orrin Cook wrote a great many things in his personal diaries. He accounted for every dime he spent, every trip he took and every ounce of oats he bought to feed his beloved horses. One of the bleaker things he took note of was a list of his suicidal friends– who numbered painfully high. It is of no surprise when looking at the mass of the list that he was an embittered fellow. Surely, the drag of mortality and loss must have weighed heavy on Mister Cook. One of them– A. M. Butterfield– carried the maiden name of his wife.

Submitted without further comment, that diary page in its entirety.

“My Acquaintances Who Have Kild Themselves”

William Brown, machinist
Clark W. Bryan, publisher
A. M. Butterfield, manufacturer
Asakel Kelton, farmer
Albert Kemp, soldier
William Metcalf, printer
Edward M. Perkins, salesman
Orrin Perkins, clergyman
Mrs. Emma Rogers
Joseph M. Ross, lawyer
A. B. Skinner, merchant
Royal Harrington, builder
Philip H. Smith, farmer
Geo. W. Hubbard, bank officer
J. C. Colony, manufacturer

 

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