1897 October 9; The Miner, (Nelson,B.C.)
TAKEN TO THE ASYLUM
Frank Walters imagines he is pursued by enemies.
Constable Ince (1) returned this week from a trip to New Westminster where he went to place Frank Walters in the insane asylum. During the trip Walters made three attempts to end his existence and would probably have succeeded in doing so had it not been for the watchfulness of the constable. While on the boat between Robson and Arrowhead, (Slideshow about) Walters attempted twice to jump into the lake and once had one leg over the side in the act of springing when his custodian hauled him back. while on the train he endeavored to jump off while it was going at full speed.
Walters is a native of Hamburg, Germany and as far as known, has no friends in this country. He was employed up the lake as a wood cutter for West and Emerson (2) and during a spell of sickness was brought to the hospital at Nelson. While there he developed insanity and it was decided to send him to the asylum. He labors under the hallucination that he is constantly pursued by enemies and that his life is in danger.
In the 1901 census, Frank is at the New Westminster asylum, and by the time the 1911 census comes along he is at the Vernon Asylum, (in 1904 the Vernon asylum was opened and 48 male patients from New Westminster were moved there) sometime after 1911 he was transferred to Essondale where he passed away on the 6th of May 1929 at the age of 70. Frank is buried at Woodlands Cemetery block: 10 Cemetery plot: 31
(1) Constable Robert Ince, was a guard at the Provincial jail, Nelson.
Robert Ince, also served in WWI, Attestation paper front and the back
Robert made it back from the war.
Robert Ince, North West Mounted Police record (106 pages)
(2) Frank Elliott Emerson; Charles William West; Wood dealers, draymen agents Standard Oil Co.
Frank Elliott Emerson, d.3 Oct.,1938, Sidney, B.C. age 67
Charles William West, d.3 Aug., 1921, Trail, B.C. age 65, marriage cert.: to Olive Askew