In August 1921 a man named John M. Curtain, killed himself in the 2nd Police Precinct jail cell with his necktie. When he was alive he lived with his wife and three daughters at 126 Bates Street NW. The newspaper article going on about his death focused mainly on how the police (brought on by an inquiry by his 12 year old daughter) discovered the body. But what I noticed was this:
Quarrels Blamed for Deed
Neighborhood quareels are belived by the police to be the cause of Curtin's act. A "for sale" sign that was placed yesterday in the front yard of Curtin's home, which he owned, upset him considerably, the police say, and add that he brooded over continual neighborhood squabbles.