November 27, 1873 (Anamosa Eureka, 3rd page, 3rd column, midway down)
Arthur Hamilton, a well-to-do farmer living two miles east of Wyoming, committed suicide by hanging himself on last Monday morning. At about nine o’clock, his little son came running into the house, and told his mother that “Pa is out in the barn hanging up fast asleep.” Mrs. Hamilton, instantly suspecting the truth, seized an axe that was near, ran to the barn, and cut her husband down, but life was already extinct. Mr. Hamilton had been for some time afflicted with dyspepsia, and this peculiarly horrible disease is supposed to have preyed upon him until he became partially deranged. He was in comfortable circumstances and no other cause can be designated for the act. He leaves a wife and two children.
[This story, as well as several photos and personal stories, was already posted on ancestry.com. I have added this transcribed version of only this story to familysearch.org here. Arthur Hamilton’s ID# is LH3Q-1J9.
Also, of note, through the story on ancestry.com, I have become aware that Jones County, Iowa, has an extensive digital collection of historical newspapers online here, which is wonderful. I found this story from microfilm while doing other research.]