Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 04:42:15 :
Thursday, March 14, 1907
Prominent Man Ends His Life
One of the saddest occurances here in years past was the tragic death of Charles A. Kinkelin at his home in Ross Valley last Wednesday night. From all appearances it looked like suicide but it may have been an accident. Early in the evening a shot was head and a minute later his body was found on the floor of the bathroom with a discharged pistol beside it. Medical aid was summoned and doctors Wickmann, Hund and Galehouse responded, but death was practically instantaneous.
The deceased had been in ill health for a long time and had only lately returned from a Belmont Sanitarium. Wednesday morning it was noticed that he was feeling worse and arrangements were being made for is return to Belmont, Mrs. Kinkelin having gone to San Francisco for this purpose. In the evening, before her return, the accident took place. Coroner Sawyer was summoned and an inquest was held at the house. After hearing the testimony, the jury returned a verdict finding that the deceased came to his death from a “pistol shot wound, self inflicted, while suffering from an acute attack of melancholia.”
The deceased was well known and popular in business and social circles in San Francisco where for many years he was connected with banks. Some years ago he married Bertha Fuller, daughter of the late W. P. Fuller, the millionaire paint and oil manufacturer of San Francisco. He leaves two young daughters who are now away from home attending school.
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