PLAZA WOMAN KILLS HUSBAND—SUICIDES
Mrs. Fred Eberhard, Wife of Wealthy Farmer, Shoots Husband to Death as He Sat Reading, Then Fired Bullet Thru Her Own Brain.
Mrs. Fred Eberhard shot and killed her husband at their home near Plaza Tuesday and then put a bullet hole thru her own head, dying almost instantly.
Coroner Flath, Deputy Sheriff Rogers and States Attorney Swendseid of Stanley, who were called to Plaza by the tragedy, came to the above conclusions. There had been domestic trouble in the Eberhard home.
The body of Mr. Eberhard was found in an arm chair where he had been reading a newspaper at the time he was murdered. The newspaper was still held in his hand and the glasses he was wearing were still on. Two shots from a .38 calibre revolver had been fired into his body and one shot had gone thru his neck. Death had evidently been almost instantaneous. It appeared Mrs. Eberhard had come out of her bedroom and fired the shots at her husband, who sat reading with his back to her.
The body of Mrs. Eberhard was found on the floor with a bullet hole thru the head.
The family was in very comfortable circumstances, having a check account of eight or ten thousand dollars in the bank.
The man who was murdered was generally known as "Hamburger Joe." He ran a restaurant in Paza for years and made a good deal of money. He was a resident of Minot about ten years ago and spent a good deal of his time here playing seven-up.
Ward County Independent, 6/5/1919