Former Baker Minister – Suicides in Chicago
Rev. Leslie Logue Boyd was found dead in his room at a suburban Y.M.C.A. in Chicago, last Saturday night with his throat and wrists slashed. A letter addressed to Mrs. Boyd was found in the room. C.L. Shaw friend of the clergyman, said Boyd was despondent because of ill health.
Rev. Boyd was for three years pastor of the Presbyterian church in Baker, and last October resigned and left for Astoria, the former home of Mrs. Boyd. Rev. Boyd later went to Chicago where he expected to connect with a Presbytery in that district. Mrs. Boyd and the little two-year-old daughter Barbara expected to join him later.
Rev. Boyd was well known to many North Powder people, who knew him as a kindly friend and neighbor and also as a pastor. He was about 38 years old, and while it was not generally known is said to have suffered constantly from diabetes. Rev. Boyd was vice president of the Ministerial association while in Baker, and was also a member of Baker Post of the American Legion. His mother lives in Los Angeles.
At the coroner’s inquest held in Chicago, Dr. Davis, pastor of Hyde Park Presbyterian church, testified that Rev. Boyd had been in touch with him for some time seeking employment. Failure to find a location resulted in a breakdown of self confidence which prompted him to end his life.
North Powder News
Saturday, January 30, 1926