RUSSELL, Mr. J. C. C.
Merced Express, October 3, 1891

DIED.

In Merced, September 28, 1891, J. C. C. Russell, a native of Tennessee,
aged 62 years.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
RUSSELL, Mr. J. C. C.
Merced Express, October 3, 1891

A Sad Death

We are called upon this week to chronicle a very sad death , that of Mr.  J. C. C. Russell superintendent of the county hospital. Tuesday  afternoon our citizens were startled by the announcement that Mr. Russell had shot himself in the private office at the county hospital with a Winchester rifle the property of his deceased son Rufus Russell. In the absence of Coroner O'Brien Justice Naffziger empaneled a jury and went out to the hospital to hold an inquest at which the following facts were developed.  At about twenty minutes before two o'clock the deceased was seen to enter the office of the hospital, a small room twenty or thirty feet away and in front of the main building. He closed the door and took down from the wall a 44-calbre rifle. He sat down on a box and placing the stock on the floor pulled the trigger. The bullet carried away a portion of the face and a large piece of the skull. The bullet was afterwards found in the ceiling of the room.  Death must have been instantaneous. The jury returned a verdict of suicide in accordance with the above fact. But the general impression is that the deed was done while the deceased was laboring under a temporary aberration of mind caused from sickness.

Mr. Russell was a native of Winchester, Tennessee, 62 years of age and a pioneer of this county having arrived here in 1857, and had the respect of all who knew him, and his friends were many. He leaves a wife and two sons, W. C. Russell, of Traver, Tulare county and John C. C. Russell Jr. to mourn his death. The funeral took place from the Cumberland Presbyterian church at noon on Tuesday last and was largely attended by friends and acquaintances.

 Contributed by: Carol Lackey