ECKMAN FARMER COMMITS SUICIDE
Eckman, N. D., Dec. 23.—Reuben Gill, a prosperous farmer living two miles north of Eckman, N. D., was found dead in his barn early Saturday morning, with a bullet hole thru his forehead. His revolver, with which the act had been committed, was lying by his side.
It is believed that Gill committed suicide, altho the position of the gun, and the manner in which the man's head was held between the hands, have led many to suspect that there might have been foul play.
Gill had spent the day at Eckman and returned late at night. He did not go into the house upon his return. It is said that he had been addicted to the use of strong drink and that he had been drinking that day.
Friends say that he had threatened to take his own life.
Mr. Gill was about 45 years of age and leaves a wife and several children.
He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Russell, N. D., and was also an Odd Fellow. The members of the latter lodge conducted the funeral.
Gill was not worrying over financial matters for he had a fine farm free from debt and $700 in the bank.
Ward County Independent, 12/25/1913