Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Monday 29 May 1899
Drowning at Conisborough
On Saturday morning, the body of a man named Jacob Crookes, miner, and fried fish dealer, living in Chadwick Row was recovered from the river at Conisborough.
The man left home on Friday night, between seven and eight o’clock, and after saying “Good night” to his youngest daughter, called the Castle Inn, where his daughter-in-law is piano player.
After saying “Good night,'” he left there, and about ten o’clock the same evening his coat and hat were found on the river bank by his son and son-in-law.
Deceased threatened to commit suicide a month ago, but he was fetched back by George Neal, and, upon being spoken to said he was going to drown himself, as he had been ill and people said he was lazy.
Several suicides by drowning have taken place at Conisborough during the last few months