The following item was in the April 1, 1920, Lowell Tribune (page 1, column 3):
Judge Gillette Ends Life by Noose
John H. Gillette 68 years old, chief justice of the Indiana Supreme court from 1900 to 1908 and for twelve years judge of the Circuit court of Lake county, hanged himself yesterday in the attic at the home of his son, Attorney Gerald Gillette, at Hammond.
He had been seen on the street by acquaintances at 8 o'clock. At 5:30 the son found the body. A length of clothes line had been tied to a beam and the former judge had then stood on a chair, adjusted the noose, and kicked the chair from under him.
Attorney Gillette said his father had been despondent since the death of his wife a year ago. Recently he had been in poor health. He left no notes.