Unknown man hangs self on billboard: signet ring bearing initials "J. P." sole clue to identity of suicide
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 26 Aug 1927, p. 3

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The morgue of the Lewis funeral parlors on Central avenue, Wilmette, this week received the body of an unidentified who, sometime early Sunday morning, took his own life by hanging himself to a bill boad 15th street, north of Elmwood avenue, at the north limits of Wilmette. The body had not been identified early Thursday morning. An inquest into the death scheduled for Tuesday morning of this week was postponed until Tuesday morning, August 30, pending identification.

Two possible clues to identification of them failed of fruition early this week. he was first partially identified as one Henry Fisher, a gardener, employed by various families on Chestnut avenue. This proved wrong when the gardener in question appeared at his accustomed tasks Tuesday morning.

A second clue came to naught after a Chicago woman, learning that the initials on the signet ring in possession of the dead man tallied with those of a long lost brother, failed to identify the remains.

Motorists Discover Body
The man is described as a medium height, fair complexion, auburn hair and heavy auburn mustache, and of about middle age. He wore a black suit and tie and gray fedora hat with fancy striped band. The hat showed the firm name of the Big Ben store at 1463 Milwaukee avenue, Chicago. A signet ring bore the initials "J. P." His shirt bore the laundry mark "T." An Ashland avenue, Chicago, surface line transfer Sunday, August 21, was found in a trouser pocket. That and the ring comprised the extent of the possessions on the body.

The body was discovered Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock by E. E. Nougle and G. E. Mitchell of Rogers Park who were passing along 15th street in a car. Wilmette police were notified and the body removed to the Lewis undertaking parlors.

Media Type:
Genealogical Resource
Item Types:
Death notices
Date of Publication:
26 Aug 1927
Personal Name(s):
Fisher, Henry ; Mitchell, G. E. ; Nougle, E. E.
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Unknown man hangs self on billboard: signet ring bearing initials "J. P." sole clue to identity of suicide