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WILLIAM PIKE

Thorold News

[Welland Tribune, 16 July 1897]

The community was shocked on Monday to hear that Wm. Pike had shot himself. The shooting took place about 10 o’clock in a shed at his home. Mrs. Pike was the first to discover it, when she went out to call him to dinner. He was lying on a bed of straw with a small box close at hand, on which he had no doubt rested his arm when he fired the fatal shot. Mr. Pike was somewhat worried over his financial affairs, which no doubt affected his mind. The deceased had been a resident of Thorold for 47 years. He leaves a widow, but no family. He was a member of the first volunteer company in Thorold, serving under the late Judge Baxter. He was instrumental in organizing the first volunteer fire company in town. He was a member of the Church of England; also of Mountain lodge A.F & A.M., and Home Circle, in which society he carried on an insurance of $2,000. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon to Lakeview cemetery, Rev. P.L. Spencer officiating. Although the funeral was private, many friends of the deceased followed his remains to the grave. The TRIBUNE extends its sympathy to Mrs. Pike in her bereavement.