Merced Express
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