Jennie Moore Giddings
Transcribed by Debbie Gibson
MT. STERLING WOMAN TOOK LIFE WITH LYE.
MRS. JENNIE GIDDINGS, AGED 49,
COMMITTED SUICIDE ON MONDAY
Mt. Sterling, Ill., May 3 – Mrs. Jennie Giddings, aged 48, committed
suicide at her home here Monday afternoon by swallowing a quantity of
lye. She was doing a family washing at the time and it was while her
daughter was in the yard that she swallowed the lye. She was in a dying
condition when found. Mrs. Giddings was a widow woman and her inability
to make a living for her children by washing is given the cause of her
The Quincy Whig,
Thursday, May 04, 1911
BECAME TIRED OF SUPPORTING HIM
Her name is Mrs. Jennie Giddings, but she now calls herself Mrs. Jennie
Moore, having become tired of her husband's name, as well as of his
conduct. They have been making their home on a little farm place about
four and one half miles from Durham, Missouri, whence the disgusted
wife, accompanied by her two girls, aged 7 and 11 years, respectively,
yesterday walked to Maywood. At the latter place, a purse was made up to
enable them to come to Quincy on the "O. K." train, the trainmen
contributing to the purse. The woman and children arrived last night and
called to the police station and she told her story to Sergt. Harvey and
he and Officer Barry and Scharnhorst made up arse to get the trio
lodgings and breakfast at a hotel. The woman says that she has supported
her husband for nineteen years, that he will not work, and now she has
resolved to go out of work herself. She says that she has nearly gotten
a son through college by her own labor. This morning she has turned over
to Police Matron Dix. Mrs. Moore said she has lived nine years in
Clayton, this county, having worked for excellent people there, and Mrs.
Dix sent her to Clayton that afternoon.
The Quincy Daily Journal,
Tuesday, November 20, 1900
MRS. GIDDINGS' STORY OF WANT
WENT TO CLAYTON WITH HER CHILDREN
HUSBAND WOULD NOT PROVIDE FOR HER.
SHE WAS FEARFUL THAT HE WOULD FOLLOW HER TO CLAYTON AND MAKE TROUBLE,
BUT THE MARSHAL WILL STOP HIM.
Mrs. Jennie Giddings, the woman who, with her two children, started to
walk from Durham to Quincy Monday, as related in The Whig of yesterday,
went to Clayton last evening. She took her two little girls with her.
She has friends in Clayton, having formerly been employed there by Mrs.
McBratney, and says that she can make a living for herself and children
there. The girls are bright children, and would be a source of pride to
any mother. Lulu is 11 years old, and Bertha is 7, and both of them show
careful training. There is a son, a boy of 18, but he has remained with
his father near Durham.
Mrs. Giddings tells a pitiful story of want, starvation, and sacrifice,
which only a mother can make. Her husband is a worthless lout, and
compelled her to do a man's work about the farm, while he remained in
doors at the fire. When she left him he threatened to have her arrested
if she went into Durham, but she and the two children walked around the
town, striking the railroad track some distance this way. They started
to walk to Quincy, and some distance down the track met an officer , who
stopped them. He asked Mrs. Giddings where they were going and she told
him. After a few minutes conversation the officer broke into a laugh,
and she asked him what he was laughing about, "I was told that you were
crazy," he said, "and to apprehend you on sight, but you do not appear
to be as insane as the one who told me." He allowed them to proceed, and
they walked to Maywood, where they were offered a ride on the train to
Quincy, and accepted it. "It is a wonder to me that I am not crazy."
said Mrs. Giddings in relating the incident. "I have had so much grief
and worry that sometimes I do not know what I am doing."
Mrs. Giddings was bent on staying in Quincy, but when informed yesterday
that there was little chance for her here she decided to go to Clayton.
She did not have enough money to pay the railroad fare, and the police
took up a collection, which netted enough to buy tickets for herself and
two children. She was grateful for the kindness shown her, and her eyes
repeatedly filled with tears. She has left her husband before because he
would not make a living for her, and had gone to work, taken in washing
and done other work. All the money she earned she spent on the education
of her son, who has remained with his father. She is fearful now that
her husband will follow her to Clayton and make trouble for her. Her
fears were dissipated by Police Matron Dix, who told her to see the
marshal at Clayton and with him take steps to keep him away, and the
woman departed on the evening train with an approach to happiness in her
The Quincy Daily Whig,
Wednesday, November 21, 1900
P.C. Giddings, of Durham, Mo., was in the city yesterday.
The Quincy Daily Whig,
Friday, December 28, 1900.