Lawrence Amen Dies Suddenly At Home Here

Former Coroner Dies As He Prepares for Day’s Work

Lawrence Amen, age 47, former coroner and deputy sheriff of Adams county and candidate for the Democratic nomination for sheriff next month, died suddenly in the bathroom of his home, 626 1-3 Maine street, shortly after 6 o’clock Friday morning. Although Mr. Amen had been suffering with muscular heart disease for the past six months and had been under the care of a physician, his passing comes a great shock to many friends in the city and county as he had been at his work as usual. Thursday afternoon, Mr. Amen was at the S. & S. cigar store, 528 Hampshire street, where he had been employed for a number of years as clerk. He went on duty at 12 o’clock and remained until 6 o’clock. The evening was spent in his old home at 2845 Maine street with relatives.

Found By Wife

Mr. Amen was to report for work at 7 o’clock Friday morning. He arose at 6 o’clock and went to the bathroom and a few minutes later Mrs. Amen heard him cry out. Going to the room she found her husband lying on the floor. Mrs. Amen started down the stairs to call Henry Distlehorst who lives in the flat below, but met Mr. Distlehorst who had heard the cry and was coming to investigate. Mr. Distlehorst told his wife to call a physician and went upstairs with Mrs. Amen and found Mr. Amen lying on the floor dead. Will Hold No Inquest Coroner Louis Terlisner was notified and after learning that Mr. Amen had been under the care of a physician and had been warned by him not to work, he decided an inquest was unnecessary. Mr. Amen was of jovial disposition. He counted his friends by the score and was one of the best known men in this vicinity.

To Quincy in 1902

Lawrence Amen was born south of Clayton in Concord township, June 19, 1878. He lived on a farm until 1902 when he came to Quincy and was appointed a deputy sheriff by Sheriff Edward Smith. During his time as deputy he acted as jailor. Later he went to Wichita, Kan., where for several years he was a conductor on the street cars. Returning to Quincy he was elected coroner in 1916, succeeding Mike Haley. For the past 12 years Mr. Amen had been employed as clerk at the S. & S. Cigar store at 528 Hampshire street and prior to that was employed for several years by Fred Metzger, who had a cigar store in the same building. Mr. Amen had announced himself as candidate for sheriff. He was a member of the St. Peter’s Catholic church, Knights of Columbus, Eagles and Elks. On November 25th, 1925, Mr. Amen was married to Mrs. Agnes Smith. He is survived by his wife; his father, Francis Amen, who is in poor health and in Phoenix, Ariz., for treatment; three sisters, Miss Eva Amen, who is with her father, Mrs. T. J. Daugherty and Mrs. Eugene Kircher of Quincy; five brothers, Phillip of St. Louis, Edward, Ralph, Martin and Leo of Quincy.

Lawrence Amen information submitted by Scott Reed. Mr. Amen was the GG Uncle of Scott Reed.

Source: The Quincy Daily Journal, Feb 6th, 1926.