November 1947: Woman Commits Suicide in Mortuary

L.A. Times, 1947
OK, even for Ernie Bushmiller and “Nancy,” this Thanksgiving panel is bizarre..

L.A. Times, 1947

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.

Nothing further was written about this unfortunate woman, who killed herself the day before Thanksgiving. There wasn’t even an obituary notice that might have included the names of her husband and possibly her children—if she had any. Who was her mother? We simply don’t know, except that her maiden name was Cameron. Public records show that she had just turned 44 (DOB Nov. 8, 1903) was born in Massachusetts and had Social Security No. 552-10-8600, issued in California. There’s no apparent record of any siblings in the state death records. Her mother might have been Harriet Clark (maiden name Cameron) who died Dec. 30, 1945, in Los Angeles at the age of 76. It’s also interesting to note the use of a narrative approach rather than a “five-w” lede.

Bonus factoid: The Thanksgiving edition of The Times is 50 pages with a supplement for Bullock’s. There must have been some very happy ad salespeople at The Times. (All those pipe-smoking dads in pajamas look like a Bob Dobbs convention).


Quote of the day: “When I saw the place, it looked like a cyclone struck it.”
Howard R. Taylor, salesman who let his relatives use his ranch home near San Diego. When he asked for the property back, they moved 10 miles away—and took the house with them.

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