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THE TILLER AND TOILER, 10 January 1929
Martin Bennyworth Dead
Former Larned Resident Committed
Suicide at His Home in Wichita
Tuesday Morning

Martin Bennyworth, 51 years old, a resident of Larned all his life until fifteen years ago, when he went to Wichita, committed suicide at his home there, 318 Circle Drive, shortly after breakfast Tuesday morning. Mr. Bennyworth’s death is believed to have been caused when he drank a quantity of lysol.
Funeral services were held at the Lahey & Martin Mortuary in Wichita yesterday at 10:30 o’clock. Rev. A. J. Croft, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. The body was accompanied to Larned yesterday evening by Mr. Bennyworth’s sister, Mrs. H. A. Jones, of Cherokee, Okla. Brief funeral services were held yesterday morning at ten o’clock at the home of Solon E. Burgess, conducted by Rev. G. H. Cosper. The Masonic burial service was used at the grave, and burial was in the Larned cemetery. Mr. Bennyworth was a member of the Larned Masonic lodge.
Mr. Bennyworth had been a traveling representative of the Peck & Hill Furniture company, of Chicago, for the last fifteen years. Previous to that he had lived in Larned all his life, where he was born. Mr. Bennyworth had been in the furniture business practically all his life. He first entered the business with the Eggleston Furniture company, and for many years was in charge of the furniture and undertaking department of the A. A. Doerr Mercantile company, of Larned.
Mr. Bennyworth was a highly efficient man, and possessed an extremely attractive personality, and had hundreds of friends throughout this entire territory, as well as in Larned, who will learn of his death with the deepest regret. He traveled in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Tuesday morning when he came down to breakfast at his home in Wichita he seemed to be in fairly good spirits. He gave no hint of suicidal intent, but shortly after breakfast retired to his room. Fifteen minutes later Mrs. Bennyworth found him there, mortally ill. Mrs. Bennyworth called an ambulance, but Mr. Bennyworth died on the way to Wesley hospital.
Mr. Bennyworth became ill about two weeks ago, but his illness was not thought to be serious. It is believed he brooded over the condition of his health and possibly over financial affairs, although his family believes the latter were in good order. According to members of his family, he left no note of explanation. The decision, they believe, was suddenly reached.
Mr. Bennyworth is survived by his widow, Edna; his mother, Mrs. Martin Bennyworth, who makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Solon Burgess, of Larned; a son, Martin III; one brother, Frank, of Los Angeles; three sisters, Mrs. S. E. Burgess of Larned, Mrs. E. A. Arnsberger, of Larned, and Mrs. H. A. Jones, of Cherokee, Okla; and an aunt, Mrs. S. A. Bardrick, of Larned.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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