POOR, F. G., 1903

Merced Express, May 9, 1903

Death of F. G. Poor.
F. G. Poor, a well known farmer of Merced county and respected citizen died at his home twelve miles east of Merced on the first instant from a gunshot wound inflicted by himself with suicidal intent.  Mr. Poor was a native of Kentucky, 71 years of age and was one of the pioneers of the county. At the time he committed the deed he was perhaps laboring under a temporary aberration of mind for he was in poor health, financially embarrassed and had family cares which were too much for him to bear. He was a courteous and affable gentleman and endeavored to be up right and honorable with his fellow men.  He was married twice and left a large family of children. Several years ago he visited his old home in Kentucky from which he had been absent for forty-five years and when he returned to Merced he said that he was sorry he went for he did not see but one person he knew, hence his visit was not a pleasant one. The funeral was held at his late residence last Sunday and the interment was in the Merced cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.

contributed by Thomas Hilk