Was it The Depression or was it depression? Was it some other form of mental illness? I'll let you, the reader, decide.
Was it the stress of the depression years? What drove him to be unfaithful to both his first and second wife? Why did he feel that stabbing her would make her stay? Did his first wife's death and his two infant sons' deaths weigh on him? And, it may seem a bit ghoulish, whatever happen to the suicide note?
*Suicide After Shooting Wife in Divorce Row
SHREVEPORT, La., June 27 (UP).—After firing three shots into his wife, seriously wounding her, as she stood In the backyard of her home, E. H. Dancy, 37, carpenter, walked into the bathroom and shot a bullet into his own head. He is expected to die.
A six-year-old daughter of the couple, Dorothy, was the only witness to the double shooting.
Dancy was at liberty on bond for stabbing his wife last April. Mrs. Dancy was suing for divorce.
Extract of petition: **PETITION OF SEPARATION: There is a record of Lillie Mae Dancy’s separation filing dated May 16, 1927 (she was murdered June 28, 1927). MRS. L. M. Dancy VS E. H. Dancy. PETITION: TO THE HONORABLE THE FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR THE PARRISH OF CADDO LOUISIANA. The petition states that Lillie May was married to E. H. Dancy on October 2, 1910 in the city of Dallas, Texas. There were four children born of said marriage: Jacob Leroy, age 15, William Elmer, age 13, Raymond, age 9, and Dorothy Dell, age. 6. Excerpt: “Petitioner further shows that she has always been a kind and dutiful wife to her said husband but that regardless of his marriage vows, he has since their marriage been guilt of adultery, committed at various times and particularly on or about the 15th day of April, 1927,at 722 Caddo Street, in this City, with a woman whose name is unknown to your petitioner. Petitioner avers that because of the shameful conduct of her said husband and the dishonor which he has brought upon her name, she, desires to secure a divorce “A vincula matrimonii and to obtain the custody of her minor children Jacob Leroy, age 15 and William Elmer, age 13. Petitioners further represents that there exists no community and if same does exists, does waive and relinquish any rights, titles or interest she may have in same into and in favor of her said husband E. H. Dancy. WHEREFORE petitioner prays that she may be authorized to institute and prosecute this action that the house No 3011 on Alabama Avenue, in this city be assigned to her as a domicile pending this suit…”
Other documents can viewed in Elam (Elmer) Hoover Dancy's gallery.
Sources (Incomplete Listing):
State of Louisiana, Secretary of State, Division of Archives, Records Management, and History. Vital Records Indices. Baton Rouge, LA, USA.
Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011
Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 8, Harrison, Texas; Roll: T625_1816; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 71; Image: 304, Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).