Saturday, Feb. 23, 1918
DESPONDENCY IS CAUSE OF SUICIDE
Lawrence W. Maher of Merced ended his life by throwing himself down before
the rear wheels if a twelve ton auto truck at the corner of Fourteenth and
Broadway in Oakland on Friday afternoon of last week. A traffic policeman saw
Maher lie down under the truck and shouted to the driver to stop his motor,
but it was too late. Maher's abdomen and ribs were crushed under the wheels,
and he died just as he arrived at the emergency hospital. The young man went
to Oakland from Merced about two weeks ago to seek employment in ship building
work. He had been in poor health was no doubt the cause of the rash act.
The deceased was born at Livingston, was 32 years old and spent most of his
life in Merced county. He was a hard working, industrious young man and had
many friends who regret his death and sincerely sympathize with his relatives
in their bereavement.
Surviving are his parents Mr. and Mrs. Michael Maher of this city; two
sisters, Mrs. J. D. McCarthy of Oakland and Mrs. E. W. Thiercof of Los Banos,
and five brothers, John Maher of Richmond, James Maher of the U.S. army at
Waco, Texas, and Thomas and Vincent Maher of Merced.
Rev. T. J. Brennan officiated at the funeral services which were held at the
funeral chapel of Welch & Co. at 2 o'clock last Sunday afternoon. Interment
was made in the family plot in the Catholic cemetery.
Transcribed by: Alma Stone