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Addison Lincoln Berry

Male 1861 - 1938


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  • Name  Addison Lincoln Berry  [1
    Born  10 May 1861  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • The article published regarding his suicide listed his given name as "Albert." In the 1930 census, he was enumerated as "Adam."
    Died  5 Apr 1938  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Cause: suicide 
    Death Notice  6 Apr 1938  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • ALBERT BERRY ENDS OWN LIFE
      Sperry Man Found in Northern Hotel Boom - Dies of Strychnine Poisoning


      Albert Berry, about 67, Sperry, retired farmer, committed suicide by drinking strychnine solution at the Northern hotel, 4?5 South Main street at about 7 o'clock Tuesday night.

      He succumbed at St. Francis hospital shortly after being taken there in the police ambulance by Patrolmen O. D. Taylor, Robert Johnson and James Kemp.

      The Sperry resident registered at the hotel between 3 and 4 p.m. yesterday, police were told by Vilda Randoff who said she was proprietor of the establishment.

      Investigate Groans

      About three hours later, police quoted her as saying, she and a roomer at the hotel, Alice Headman, heard groans in Berry's room. Rushing there to investigate, they found the Sperry man in considerable pain.

      When they asked what was wrong Berry told them he had taken strychnine. They called police and while awaiting the ambulance said they told the retired farmer they understood no poison could be purchased without a prescription.

      The hell it can't, they said Berry screamed. They said he then held up a small brown bottle half full of white powder.

      To Kill Gophers

      Investigation by Coroner Chris Adank today revealed Berry bought the poison at a dug store here yesterday afternoon. The druggist complied with the law in every respect, Coroner Adank said. "Berry signed the book as required, using his true name, but stated he was purchasing the poison to kill gophers," Coroner Adank reported. When he registered at the hotel, Mr. Berry remarked he had drunk a quantity of beer, police were informed by the hotel proprietor.

      No message was left by Berry and the cause of his suicide is not known, Adank said, but added he learned the man previously had threatened to end his lief by shooting himself. A widower, his wife died several years ago. Among survivors are several children. The body was removed last night to the Fry funeral home, Mediapolis. pending arranging for the funeral.
    Albert (sic) Berry Ends Own Life
    Albert (sic) Berry Ends Own Life
    The death notice of Addison Lincoln Berry. Addison Berry (1861-1938) married Eunice Elizabeth Griffith (1860-1931) on April 30, 1882, in Des Moines County, Iowa. Their children were: Edward S. Berry, Mary "Olive" Miller/Walker, William E. Berry, Anna L. Baker, James Green Berry, Edith Pohren, Addision Lincoln "Shorty" Berry Jr., twins Horace and Maurice Berry, who died as infants.
    Obituary  7 Apr 1938  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • Funeral Services Will Be On Friday For A. L. Berry, 76

      Funeral services will be held at the Fry funeral home in Mediapolis Friday afternoon (April 8, 1938) at 2 o'clock for A. L. Berry, 76, Sperry, who committed suicide by swallowing strychnine at the Northern hotel here Tuesday night. Interment will be in Old Stone cemetery near Mediapolis.

      Mr. Berry was born in Des Moines county, May 10, 1861. He was married to Eunice Griffith in this county April 30, 1882. She died August 31, 1931.

      Surviving are the following sons and daughters: James Berry of Rural Route 3, Burlington; William Berry of Otwell, Arkansas; Mrs. Charles T. Pohren of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Anna Baker, Sperry. Mrs. O. O. Baldwin, Danville, and A. L. Berry Jr., Peoria, Illinois. Thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive. Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
    Buried  8 Apr 1938  Old Stone Church Cemetery, Franklin Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Person ID  I42978  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Family  Eunice Elizabeth Griffith,   b. 26 Mar 1860, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1931, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage  Apr 1880  [5
    Married  30 Apr 1882  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Edward S. Berry,   b. 27 Sep 1883, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1898, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Mary Olive "Olive" Berry,   b. 18 Nov 1884, Sperry, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1966, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. William Earl Berry,   b. 2 Apr 1886, Conesville, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1982, Morning Sun Manor, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Anna Lulu Berry,   b. 7 Feb 1888, Dodgeville, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1975, Sperry, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. James Griffith Berry,   b. 22 Nov 1892,   d. 21 Jun 1963, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Edith Berry,   b. 10 Oct 1894, Sperry, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1968, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Addison Lincoln "Shorty" Berry, Jr.,   b. 4 Jul 1895, Sperry, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1956, University Hospitals, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Horace Berry,   b. 22 Dec 1896, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1897, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Maurice Berry,   b. 22 Dec 1896, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1897, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F16089  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1088] Deen, Gary L. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S5374] Berry, Addison Lincoln - Obituary, (originally published in The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 2, April 7, 1938; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S11637] Berry, Addison Lincoln - Death Notice, (originally published in The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 3, April 6, 1938; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S507] Des Moines County, Iowa - Cemetery Records (GenWeb) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S5373] Berry, Eunice Elizabeth (Griffith) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 12, September 1, 1931; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).