Young Man Out of Employment Ends His Life [Frank Schindler]
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 18 Dec 1914, p. 1

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Another tragedy was enacted from the "army of the unemployed" early Saturday mroning, when Frank Schindler took his life in a gas-filled room at his home, 1230 Chicago avenue, Evanston.
Schindler had been employed by Marshall Field & Company for a number of years, was let out two months ago, has been unable to secure work since, and was down to his last cent. He would tramp the streets all day looking for a job, but everywhere he inquired it was the same answer, "We have nothing today," or "Call around tomorrow." He became desppondent and several times remarked to his wife that he might as well be out of the way, but she would tell him to cheer up, and that he would soon find something to do.
Besides his wife, Schindler had two little children to provide for, one two and one-half and te other five years old, and if it had not been for them he would perhaps have carried out his threat to end his life long before he did.

Put His Children to Bed
He helped put the children to bed that night, and seemed more cheerful than usual. [illegible] good night to his wife and her mother, Mrs. Mary Wangerman, who lives with her daughter, and went [illegible] bed room, which is on the first [unclear] floor. This was the last time that he was seen alive.
Mrs. Wangerman and her daughter went upstairs to their rooms and retired for the evening. About 3 o'clock, Mrs. Schindler got up to get a drink and at once noticed the smell of gas. She awakened her mother, and they went about the house to find the source.

Found Her Husband Dead
They opened the door of Schindler's room and wer almost overcome by the fumes. Schindler lay on the floor in his night clothes. The police department was called, and in a few minutes were on hand with the pulmotor, but the man had apparently been dead for some time. His wife was prostrated, and was unable to be present at the inquest, which was held this morning at 10 o'clock at Schaefer [uncler] Bros morgue.
The Schindler family have lived in Evanston since laslt spring, when they moved there from Ravenswood. The family is left without any means [unclear] and it is not known that the deceased carried any insurance.

Survived by Parents
Besides his wife and family, Schindlelr is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Schindler of 624 Garfield boulevard, Chciago, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Hogner [unclear] and Miss Elizabeth Schindler. Mr. Schindler is in charge of the kitchen and bakery at the Palmer House, and is said to be a man of considerable means.
The sisters of the dead man were present at the inquest, together with Mrs. Wangerman. The verdict arrived at by the coroner's deputy, Henry Spears, was that Schindler had come to his death by fumes of gas through accident or otherwise.

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Unable to find employment, Frank Schindler, of 1230 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, inhales gas. Survived by his wife and two small children.

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18 Dec 1914
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Schindler, Frank
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Young Man Out of Employment Ends His Life [Frank Schindler]