“About 8 o’clock last evening word reached this city that C.H. Cottle, who resides one and one half miles below town, had met death at his own hand, and his stepson, C.J. Howard, and Dr. J.W. Harris went at once to the scene but his life had passed away almost immediately after the commission of the deed, and any effort for restoration would have proven fertile. Mr. Cottle has been afflicted for some time with a melancholy state of mental aberration, and the act was attributed to this, as his domestic life has been a pleasant one and his financial affairs are in good condition.
The unfortunate man had taken a small rifle and went to his workshop and laying down, placed the mussel near his right temple and pulled the trigger, the ball passing through the head and coming out near the base of the skull. Death was almost instantaneous. His daughter, hearing the report, went to the shop, and finding him called to her mother, who was near and came immediately. Mr. Speer a neighbor, was the first to reach the scene, and shortly afterward Will Gordon, who came at once to town with the information.
The funeral will take place under A.O.U.W. Monday May 25 at 10 a.m. from his residence one and one half miles below town to the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
C.H. Cottle was born in Bucksport, Maine, May 13, 1838, and was at the time of his death 58 years and 8 days. When a boy he removed with his parents to Wisconsin. In 1860 he enlisted in the army and served his county faithfully during the four years struggle. He was one of the soldiers martyred by imprisonment in the Andersonville prison. After the war he settled in Illinois, removing from there to Sioux county Iowa, where he became acquainted with and married Mrs. Elma A. Howard who survives him. He afterwards removed to Sheldon, O’Brien county, Iowa, where he was successful in the conducting of a wagon shop, furniture and undertaking business. In 1883 he removed to Puget Sound Washington where he resided but a short time removing to Salem, Oregon where he was identified with the State Insurance Co., until 1886, when he removed to Eugene, engaging in the grocery business for about two years with his stepson C.J. Howard. Since then he has lived either in Eugene or on his farm where he died. He leaves a widow and daughter, Ethel M. Cottle and stepson C.J. Howard.” Eugene Morning Register, May 24, 1896, pg. 1, University of Oregon Knight Library Newspaper Collection.