Dr. J. H. Mayfield
Died June, 1892
|American Courant, Cartersville, GA June 23, 1892|
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Dr. J. H. Mayfield Found Dead in His Office.
A Startling Occurrence.
A clever man and Good physician meets a sad death at his own hands. He took laudanum.
The people of the community were startled no little last Sunday morning as the intelligence spread that Dr. Mayfield had been found dead in his office.
The office is a little brick on the east side of the public square. At an early hour, Essex Choice, an old colored man who had been accustomed to waiting on the doctor visited his office, and soon discovered that the doctor who was lying on a lounge was dead. Essex soon communicated the fact to others. A laudanum bottle with part of the contents gone was on the floor near the body.
Coroner Patterson being notified, soon visited the scene and empanelling a jury began an investigation, and rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased met death at his own hands by taking laudanum.
Dr. Mayfield had been on a spree for about ten days, and it is believed that in a fit of despondency induced by drink he decided to end his life, as he had frequently in the past said to friends that he intended to kill himself.
His relations were telegraphed for and his mother and two brothers from Lawrenceville, reached the city Sunday evening and Monday.
The funeral services took place Monday at 11 o’clock, the Masons of which he was a member, participating.
Dr. Mayfield leaves a wife and two small children. He was a good physician, always enjoying a large and lucrative practice. He was a clever man and possessed many friends in the community. He cam to this city some six years ago from Gwinnett county, where he had developed himself in medical knowledge under Dr. Freeman, after graduating from the Augusta Medical College.
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