Randolph  County,  Indiana

A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
Feb. 4, 1949
County Farmer Ends Own Life; Funeral Saturday
          Last rites will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Modoc Nazarene church for John Batt, 71, who committed suicide Thursday afternoon at Losantville. Rev. Thurman Oren will officiate and burial will be in Salem cemetery.
          Dr. Lowell W. Painter, Randolph county coroner, said that death was due to self-administered poison. Mr Batt's body was found in his parked automobile around 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon by Clarence George. A note was found on the dashboard asking the person who discovered the body to notify Mrs. Batt and funeral directors.
          Despondency over ill health was given by relatives as the reason for the suicide.
          Survivors include the widow Cora; a brother, William of New Castle; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Richardson of Modoc, Mrs. Emma Parrish of Muncie, and Mrs. Beth Blum of Michigan.
          Friends may call at the Tillson funeral home in Modoc.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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