The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John S. Richards (Schooner), 19 Aug 1878

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Buffalo, N. Y., August 19. -- Captain William Norris, of Erie, master and part owner of the schooner JOHN S. RICHARDS, hanged himself in the forecastle today. The unsatisfactory condition of business is supposed to be the cause.
      Captain Norris had many friends in Chicago.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Tuesday, August 20, 1878
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      The body of Capt. Norris was taken to Erie Tuesday where it was placed in a handsome casket. At
midnight Capt. James Mahoney, of the A. O. U W., and J. W. Allison, of the Knights of Honor of Hastings, this State, left with it for Hastings where it was interred Wednesday. The countenance of the departed captain looked as natural as if sleeping, and a large number of ladies and gentlemen called to take a last look at it at Erie. He leaves a wife and one daughter , a young lady, who accompanied the remains to Hastings, where the captain's and his wife's friends reside. The widow will receive $2,000 from each lodge.
Concerning Capt. Norris'death the Erie Dispatch says: The accounts intimate that the captain committed the deed because of business prospects. We are assured, however, that this could lhardly have been the case as money matters were easy with him, and some of his friends in the city are disposed to attribute the cause to temporary insanity produced by gloomy feelings which have troubled him more or less since the sinking of the schooner BERRYMAN, about one year ago, of which he was the commander at the time of the disaster. A propeller collided with the schooner and she sank in a short time, taking down two of his own men, and it is said that he has never been known to speak of that unfortunate event without crying bitterly. He left Erie for Buffalo about a week ago to fit out his vessel and this was his first trip of the season. She had taken on a cargo and was expected to have sailed yesterday. The sad event has caused a gloom over our city, for all who knew Capt. Norris loved him.
      Detroit Free Press
      Friday, August 23, 1878

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John S. Richards (Schooner), 19 Aug 1878