from The Fitchburg Sentinel, Tuesday, August 13, 1907, front page,
| With Old Army Musket.
Daniel O. Gibson Took His Life with Rifle he Carried Bravely in Civil War When But a Boy of 18 -- Despondency From Long Sickness, Probable Cause.
With the rifle that he valiantly carried in the Civil War while but a boy of 18 years, Daniel O. Gibson took his own life at his home, 41 Willow street, Monday afternoon about 5 o'clock. Death was pronounced as instantaneous by Medical Examiner H. H. Lyons, who viewed the body.
For nearly two years Mr. Gibson had been ill with diabetes and it is thought that ??? condition combined with the extreme heat drove him to the act. There was nothing in his condition or his actions earlier in the day to indicate that any such intention was in his mind, and Mrs. Gibson left the home about 2 in the afternoon to attend the funeral of a friend with no misgivings of what was to greet her on her return.
The deed showed every evidence of careful planning. Mr. Gibson got his old rifle and hunted for the powder and bullets, which MRs. Gibson believed had been laid away. Takin his loaded weapon, he went to the lavatory, carring a chair to which with strings he firmly attached the rifle. Placing this chair directly in front of where he sat, he poked the trigger with a stick made especially for the purpose and the contents of the musket was received full in the abdomen, making a wound necessarily fatal.
No one heard the discharge of the gun, or if they did it did not impress them with its significance, and the suicide was not discovered until Mrs. Gibson got home in the early evening. She looked for Mr. Gibson in his room, and not seeing him continued her search further, at last finding him in the lavatory with the stick used for working the trigger still in his hand.
So close was the gun that the clothing worn by Mr. Gibson caught fire and burned slightly.
Daniel O. Gibson was a native of Fitchburg and was born June 25, 1846, his parents having been Lemuel Whitting and Jane C. (Whittemore) Gibson. He attended the public schools and when 18 years of age enlisted in Company H, Fourth Mass. Heavy Artillery, where he served on the quota of Fitchburg from Aug. 23, 1864, till the regiment was discharged June 17, 1865. An older brother Lemuel W. served in the same company, having previously served in Company B, 15th Mass. Infantry as did also another brother, William A., and a third brother, Appleton, served in Company F, 25th Mass. regiment. The family stands second only to the Griswold family in the number of soldiers who served on the quota of Fitchburg in the Civil War.
from The Fitchburg Sentinel, Tuesday, August 14, 1907
Funeral of Daniel O. Gibson.
The floral tributes which hid the casket from view included:
The pall bearers were Comrades A. B. Hale, Levi L. Jaquith, John W. Finnegan and Albert Hartwell of Post 19 G. A. R. The interment was at Forest Hill cemetery.