In 1938 a man who had lived in Carleton Place for many years, was found dead Tuesday night in his home, apparently having taken Paris Green. A can partly filled with the poison was found on a table in his apartment. Coroner A. Downing, M.D., viewed the body and decided that an inquest would be unnecessary. He had been dead eight or ten hours.
Relatives, who were anxious after he failed to turn up for work at a contracting job he had obtained along with his brother John, found his Bridge street apartment locked and immediately applied for police assistance. County Constable Gemmell W. Comba forced an entrance and found the body lying on the floor in a doorway leading to the bathroom.
Deceased had lived in Carleton Place for many years and at the time of his death was engaged in building a steel fence at the Central public school along with his brother, John Belisle. His wife, ( wife not recorded nor son on ancestry.ca) who was not at home, at the time of his death, survives, along with one son and one brother.
Found which Belisle brother it was because the last name was spelt wrong. The deceased was David James Belisle born August 6th, 1890 and died at 48 in 1938.
When David James Belisle was born on August 6, 1890, in Lanark, Ontario, his father, Feb, was 26 and his mother, Ellen, was 23. He had two brothers. He died in 1938 at the age of 48.
- Birth06/Aug/1890 • Lanark Ontario, Canada1890(AGE)
- Birth of Brother Edward Belisle(1895–1975)03 Jan 1895 • Ont., Canada18954
- Birth of Brother John A Belisle(1900–1992)5 May 1900 • Lanark, Ontario, Canada19009
- Death of Mother Ellen Knowles Nellie Umpherston(1867–1933)11/Apr/1933 • Carleton Place, Ontario Canada193342
- Death of Father Feb Bellill(1864–1934)6 May 1934 • Lanark, Ontario, Canada193443
- When John A Belisle his brother was born on May 5, 1900, in Lanark, Ontario, his father, Feb, was 35 and his mother, Ellen, was 33. He married Agnes Housley on November 12, 1920, in his hometown. They had 12 children in 17 years. He died in 1992 in Carleton Place, Ontario, at the age of 92, and was buried there.
In 1898 it was reported that men try to kill themselves be cause they are crazed or debilitated by drink, or are despondent owing to their health or poverty. Women seek to die chiefly because of disappointment in love. Men prefer to shoot themselves Women fancy poison. Of the 425 men who seek to end their lives on Suicide Row each year 250 try the gunshot method. Of the 275 women, ISO take poison, and 150 of these choose carbolic acid. The rest take paris green.
There are fashions even in suicide. It is observed that there are paris green fads, and carbolic acid fads, and pistol fads! Sometimes thirty cases, all victims of the same kind of poison, follow each other in quick succession to the ward. “Then, quick as the shifting of a woman’s whim, the chosen means of death changes.
A few of them are poor, wandering musicians. They live in the stuffy atmosphere of crowded tenements. They drink cheap, adulterated liquors. They read a good deal of pessimistic philosophy. They brood over the misfortune of darkness– as bats hover in the darkness. Suicide is the ultimate goal in such a career. 1898