R. M. Dowdell, Insurance Solicitor, Takes His Own Life

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
March 27, 1897, Page 1
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He Takes Morphine.
R. M. Dowdell, Insurance Solicitor, Takes His Own Life.
Relatives in Cartersville.
And His Remains Brought Here for Burial—Grief at Loss of His Wife Helped to Cause Deed.

Mr. R. M. Dowdell, a brother-in-law of Mr. T. R. Jones and Mrs. L. S. Munford, of this city, and who has several times been in the employ of Mr. Jones, in his office here, and traveling, committed suicide in Atlanta on Saturday evening by taking morphine.

[Long article—an excerpt: “Dowdell’s wife died several months ago, and since that time he has been living with friends at 25 East Ellis street, where it is said, every effort was made to make things comfortable for the despondent man. He had only one child, a young daughter about sixteen years old, and last week her aunt, who lives in Rome, came down to Atlanta and took her to live with her. This seemed to completely break Dowdell’s heart, and ever since that time he has been talking in a most reckless manner.

R. M. Dowdell is originally from Tuskegee, Ala., where all his people live, and where his aged father occupies a very high position in the estimation of the public. Rev. L. F. Dowdell, his father, is a Methodist minister, and is one of the best known men in Alabama. The Dowdell family is one of the best in its native state and R. M. Dowdell was for a long while in the drug business in Columbus, Ga., at which place he met the Sherwood family, who stuck so close to him in his last hours of trouble.

Dowdell was about forty-five years old and the indications all point to a premeditated suicide, brought on by the loss of his wife and the disruption of his once happy family.

Dowdell’s wife was a sister of Mr. Jones and Mrs. Munford, of this city. The unfortunate man’s remains were brought here on Monday and laid to rest In Oak Hill by the side of those of his beloved companion.


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