He left his home about 5:30 Monday night and when he did not return his wife thought that he had gone to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Smith, to stay all night, and had no idea of what had happened. About 10: 30 Tuesday she had occasion to go to the barn and when she opened the door, she saw the lifeless body of Mr. Zartman hanging by a rope which he had tied to a joist in the barn.
She immediately called one of the neighbors, who notified Dr. G.W. Bardens. He immediately notified Drs. Davis and Petry, and they went to the scene. On investigation it was found that he had been dead for several hours. There was no word left by him as to why he done the rash act, but it is known that he had been in a despondent mood for some time, and it is supposed that he took this means to end it all.
The deceased was a man who had the esteem of a large circle of friends in Lowell and southern Lake county. He has lived in Lowell for a great many years, having moved here, where he conducted a livery business before retiring from his farm in eastern Illinois. He was just past 70 years of age.
Funeral services will be conducted at the M.E. church tomorrow, Friday, at 3 p.m., Rev. R.H. Crowder being in charge.
Go to John E. Zartman, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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