John Mundie shot himself, transcribed article (Tonawanda News, 1916-04-04).jpg

John Mundie shot himself, transcribed article (Tonawanda News, 1916-04-04).jpg

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John Mundie shot himself, transcribed article (Tonawanda News, 1916-04-04).jpg



Untimely Death Comes as Shock to Host of Friends.


Member of Leading Clubs, Lodges, First M. E. Church and Teacher in Sunday School—Successful Business Man—Born in Scotland.

The news of the untimely death of John Mundie of No. 256 Goundry street yesterday afternoon came as a shock to his many friends and especially to his wife to her just when she came a few hours later, announcing that he had ended his life by shooting himself through the heart. Mr. Mundie was one of the widely and most highly respected business men in the Tonawandas.

When the body was discovered on the bed in his bedroom, that he had taken his life was not known by his wife who found the body. It was not until Dr. Clendenan arrived that the revolver was found in the bed and a powder marked bullet hole was detected on the shirt. Coroner J. E. Helwig was notified.

As was stated in yesterday's NEWS, Mr. Mundie had suffered much from a weakened heart and had managed to get to his store daily. After his noon meal yesterday, he went to his bedroom on the second floor of the Mundie home telling his wife was going to lie down to rest for a time. He lay down on the bed.

With a 38-caliber revolver in his hand and covered with blankets, Mr. Mundie sent a bullet into his left breast. The ball pierced the heart, death was probably instantaneous. No shot at the Mundie home heard the shot fired. Shortly before 3 o'clock Mrs. Mundie went into her husband's bedroom to see how he was feeling and found him dead.

Mr. Mundie was born in [Mintaw?], Aberdeen, Scotland, on October 7, 1863, where he was reared on his father's farm. He was educated in the common schools of that place and later studied mechanical engineering. He came to the United Stated in 188[1?] and located at Middleport, Niagara County, where he became an apprentice at the jewelry trade.

Mr. Mundie came to North Tonawanda in 1883 and went to work for A. W. Story, a Webster Street jeweler. Three years later he purchased a half interest in the business and in 1888 formed a co-partnership with F. A. McCoy at No. 18 Webster Street. At the time if his death, his brother, Alderman James Mundie, was in partnership with him at the latter location.

Mr. Mundie was a member of Buffalo Council No. 66, Royal [A?] of Buffalo; Sutherland Lodge, F & A. M.; the Carnegie Library board; the Shakespeareans; the Burroughs Nature Study Club; the First M.E. Church. He was a teacher in the Methodist. Sunday School.

Besides his wife, three sons, Warren Donald and James Mundie of North Tonawanda; his mother, Mrs. Jane Mundie of North Tonawanda; three sisters, Mrs. George [?] of Central City, Col., Mrs. Louise Frazier of New Zealand and Mrs. Raymond Higgins of North Tonawanda; and four brothers, James and Alexander Mundie of North Tonawanda; Cummings Mundie of Victor, Col., and Andrew Mundie of Arizona, survive.

Mr. Mundie left a note on the dresser in his room. It was addressed to his wife and was of a personal nature.

The funeral will be held from the family home at No. 286 Goundry street at three o'clock on Thursday after noon, the Rev. H. E. Bayley of the First Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Elmlawn.




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