The Dramatic Suicide of Jules E. Jeanneret
Detroit. Mich.. March 3.—Jules E. Jeanneret, who had charge of the watch department of Wright, Kay & Co., committed suicide Sunday night in a most dramatic manner. While walking on Jefferson Ave. he plunged a small Italian dagger into his heart twice, and slipped to the ground dead, before witnesses could reach his side. The man first bared his breast, opening his vest and shirt, so that the dagger's work would be more effective. The cause of the tragedy is yet in doubt, but the most plausible theory is that of unrequited love. Friends and officers have been unable to locate the woman in the case, although Jeanneret frequently received from Mexico letters addressed to him in a feminine hand. He left the store in his usual health Saturday afternoon, but seemed to be moody. He asked a fellow-employe to take care of his goods.
Jeanneret apparently had everything a man could wish for. He originally came to the United States as a representative of of the Swiss Government and was one of those in charge of the watch exhibit at the World's Fair at Chicago. His family in Switzerland is rich and respected. He himself was a student, well educated, cultured and possessed of some wealth. He had an athletic figure and a most prepossessing appearance. He had a calling acquaintance with the best families in Detroit, and at first the cause was laid to one of the society girls of this city. This, however, is refuted.
After the World's Fair he went to Cleveland and Indianapolis, where Wright, Kay & Co. heard of him. He was induced to come to Detroit and remained in the firm's employ ever since. At the time of his death he had $11,000 in the Union National bank, of Chicago; $6,000 in the Citizen's Savings bank, of Detroit; $600 in the Wayne County Savings bank, Detroit, besides a $3,000 20-year endowment policy with the New York Life Insurance Co. He had $57 on his person at the time of death. John Kay, of the firm, was appointed administrator and immediately took possession of Jeanneret's papers. Word was received by cable from the family in Switzerland, asking that the body be interred in Detroit. In the Probate Court the estate is valued at $5,000 and upwards and the only heir is declared to be Julie Cecil Jeanneret. of St. Imier. Switzerland.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 8th March 1899