“Crate” Mann Takes Own Life At Baker Home
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Socrates C. (Crate) Mann, committed suicide, by hanging, at his home, 1600 Sixth street, Baker, sometime during the afternoon Saturday of last week. The body was found hanging in the garage at six o’clock by Mrs. Mann who went in search of her husband when he failed to return to the house at that time in the evening.
Report of the tragedy came as a shock to North Powder people who had known the deceased for years. “Crate” Mann had been a resident of this section for fifty years, coming to this country from his former home at Plainfield, Vermont, at the age of 21.
Without finances or other resources other than Yankee thrift and determination, in the fifty years, he accumulated property, mortgages and bonds valued at $200,000.
He began life in eastern Oregon as a sheep herder. At the time of his death, he owned some of the best farms in this district and was regarded as one of the wealthiest men in the Powder River valley.
Mr. Mann was born in Plainfield, Vermont, December 13, 1856 and came to Oregon in 1877. He worked for ranchers and stock men for a number of years. For several years, with his family, he made his home on his Wolf Creek ranch, now occupied by Leo Mann. Since 1909 he has made his home the greater part of the time in Baker.
The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ellen E. Mann; one daughter, Mrs. Paul E. Childers of The Dalles; one son, Leo of North Powder.
Funeral services were held at the West Undertaking chapel in Baker Wednesday afternoon and burial was in the Baker cemetery.
North Powder News
Saturday, June 4, 1927