Stillwater Valley News
April 19, 1932
Mr. William J. Ballard, who has made his home with his son Hugh Ballard on North Main Street, took his own life late Monday afternoon at his farm about three miles north of Versailles on the Versailles-Willodell Road. Upon returning to their home Monday evening from work, Mr. and Mrs. Ballard found a note which the elder Ballard had left informing them of his intention of repairing to the farm in Darke County and ending his life. They hastened at once to the farm where they found him in his automobile with a bullet wound in his temple but still living. A physician was immediately summoned but he was beyond assistance and died shortly after the doctor arrived. Mr. Ballard was a carpenter by trade and a widower. Not long ago he had purchased a small poultry farm upon which he resided for about a year, but his health failing him, made a sale of his personal property, and came to live with his son. For the past two weeks he had been worrying considerably over physical impairment and regretted that he had disposed of his personal effects and becoming despondent decided to destroy his life. He is survived by two sons, Hugh with whom he was making his home, and Harry of Dayton. The latter also received a letter last evening from his father announcing his intentions and arrived in Covington shortly after his father had died. The body was removed to the Miller Funeral Parlors at Gettysburg last evening, and will not be brought here.
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