Grangeville special to the Lewiston Tribune says:
Fred Noyes, aged 30, wife of a well-known Grangeville citizen, committed
suicide a short time after 12 0’clock this (Thursday) morning by
taking a large amount of strychnine, while at the Grangeville hospital.
No cause is assigned for the deed other than that the woman had
been a sufferer for the past year and was taking treatment in the
hospital at the time of the deed. She
leaves a husband and two small children, aged 4 and 2 years.
Noyes secured a bottle containing the strychnine early in the evening
and after taking a part of the contents called the attention of the
nurse to the fact and attempted to throw the rest of the poison in the
stove. The bottle was taken
from her and antidotes administered at once.
Nothing could be done to relive her and after one convulsion she
died. It is the general supposition that the poison was taken to
frighten the hospital attendants and that she really did not intend to
commit suicide. She left no
note or communication for her family and this adds color to the accident
Noyes was born and raised in this part of the country and is well known
among Idaho county people. Her
maiden name was Swan, her parents having been pioneers of this section.
Her husband is one of the best known me in Idaho County. Mr. Noyes is greatly affected by the sad death of his wife,
who was in the hospital but two weeks.