Obituary Details

Arthur L. Espey

(1899 - 01/25/1919)
Courtesy of The Lusk Standard, 01/31/1919

Arthur Esbey Dies Saturday

Arthur Esbey, a young man of nearly twenty years of age, whose home is at 236 East Railway street, Casper, Wyo., died last Saturday evening in his room at a local hotel room from the effects of opium poisoning.

Young Esbey who had been working as a contractor and part of the time in at refinery at Casper. came to Lusk four days before with with the intention of opening up a messenger service, Esbey and G, H. Allen, a friend and also from Casper, were occupying the same room at the hotel, and it was Mr. Allen who first notice Esbey's "s evident illness. However, the boy seemed to be in very good spirits up to this time and upon several occasions expressed himself very optimistically. But upon the other hand several persons expressed as their opinion that Espey had been acting queer and unnatural for the last two days, but no one had heard of any intentions upon his part of taking his life.

About one o'clock Saturday afternoon he went downstairs to the hotel office to obtain some cigarettes, and when he again mounted the stairs to return to his room the clerk notice that he seemed ill and his limbs trembled as if he were chilled, When he entered his room Mr. Allen noticed that he was very pale and sick and told him he had better lie down until he felt better, and then left for the barber shop to get a shave, When he returned about thirty minutes later he found Espey lying unconscious on the floor and against the door. He immediately called Dr. Morris who arrived shortly after 3 o'clock, and who said that beyond a doubt the man was hopelessly suffering from opium poisoning , and that it was too late to do anything for him. Dr. Hassed was also called about six o'clock and gave the same opinion, that his condition was caused by opium or some derivative. A nurse was called attend him and he died about 9:25 the same evening.

At the coroner's inquest, the jury returned a verdict of evident suicide from opium poisoning or derivative. 

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