I was researching the Lightcap’s over the weekend and came across this article about John Sherman Lightcap. He was the (adopted?) son of Walter and Eliza (Stewart) Lightcap. (Walter Lightcap was the brother of my great-grandfather, George.)
Anyway, I found an article on the front page of the Logansport Press (Logansport, Indiana) on Dec 9 1939 discussing the death of John Sherman Lightcap . The article states that John committed suicide by drowning.
No. Judson Banker Commits Suicide in Lake at Ft. Wayne
Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec 8 (AP) – John S. Lightcap, 59 assistant cashier at North Judson, Ind., and former postmaster of that town was drowned today in the lake in reservoir park here. Dr. Walter E. Kruse, Allen county coroner, returned a verdict of suicide.
Lightcap recently suffered a nervous breakdown his son, Donald V. Lightcap of Fort Wayne with whom he was visiting, said.
Ralph Bruce, a passerby, saw Lightcap struggling in the shallow water and pulled him to shore. Efforts to revive the man failed. The body will be returned to North Judson Sunday for burial Monday.
Blanche Payne was the first wife of my great-grandfather, Ernest Lightcap. They married January 2, 1900. She was 19; he was 20. She died of Bright’s disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases, when she was 23. They had no children.
Until I started researching my family history, there was always some confusion over how many wives Ernest had (3) or who was the mother of his children (Henrietta Doose). He only had two children, so I can’t understand why there was confusion over this. (It wasn’t like he dropped his children off after Henrietta died and never saw them again.)
I also find it a little sad that no mention of this marriage was made in Ernest’s obituary. Ernest’s obituary refers to his “first” wife Henrietta Doose and his “second” wife Susie Lensing.
Blanche is buried in North Judson, Indiana, in the Lightcap family plot. Also of interest is how her name is spelled on her tombstone: Blanch. This is the only place where I have seen her name spelled this way. In her obituary and marriage certificate, her name is spelled Blanche. It’s also spelled this way in U.S census data.
Her obituary was published December 31, 1903, in the North Judson News, North Judson, Indiana.
Transcription of obituary:
Mrs. Ernest Lightcap
Died Tuesday Forenoon At The Home Of Her Sister, Mrs. William Kuester, of This Place.
Tuesday forenoon Mrs. Ernest Lightcap formerly Miss Blanche Payne, of this place, died at the home of William Kuester and wife, aged twenty-three years, eleven months and eleven days.
About four years ago she married Ernest Lightcap and for the last year or more they have been living in Chicago. Mrs. Lightcap has been ailing nearly all summer and lately she came down here to stay with her sister in the hope that she would regain her health in time. Monday evening, however, she became so much worse that her Chicago physician, M. M. Thompson, was called. He could do nothing though, and she passed her [?]ong home Tuesday forenoon, acute Bright’s disease being the immediate cause of death.
Six brothers, three sisters and her father survive her. The funeral is tomorrow at the Methodist church at 2 p.m.
Ernest Edward Lightcap was my great-grandfather. He was married three times (even though his obituary only acknowledges two).
His first wife was Blanche Payne. They married January 2, 1900, in St Joseph, Michigan. He was 20. She died December 29, 1903, of Bright’s disease. They had no children.
In 1905, he married Henrietta Doose (my great-grandmother). They had two sons, Paul and Albert. She died on Sept 18, 1917. According to her death certificate, she died after taking medication to induce an abortion. I wish I knew more about Henrietta and her family. Unfortunately, the family didn’t talk about her. The only information that I have about her I have found through census records and her death certificate.
On July 10, 1918, Ernest married their housekeeper, Susan Lensing. They didn’t have any children.
He lived in a variety of states, including Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. A majority of these moves happened within a 25 year period of time.
I’m not sure where I got this obituary; possibly from my mom or from photo albums my dad received from his Aunt Marjorie or his mom. I have no citation, but it was probably published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa).
Transcription of obituary:
Ernest E. Lightcap, 67, formerly of 2846 Jackson street, died at 6:30 Monday evening in St. Anthony home after an illness that had its inception last May.
The body may be viewed at the Didesch funeral home, after 7 o’clock Tuesday evening. The funeral will be from Didesch’s to Holy Ghost church Thursday morning, with the mass at 9 o’clock. Burial will be in Mount Calvary cemetery. Born in North Judson, Ind., April 3, 1879, he had resided in Dubuque for the last quarter of a century and was stationary engineer at the B and I building during that time. He was a member of Holy Ghost church and the Holy Name society. Mr. Lightcap was married to Harriet E. Doosey in 1905, and she preceded him in death. In 1918, he was married to Susie Lansing. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Susie Lightcap, Dubuque; two sons, Paul G. Lightcap and A.W. Lightcap, both of this city, and four grandsons, Harold, Thomas, William, and Teddy Lightcap. Besides his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Gary, and a granddaughter, Alice.