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Clara Mullen
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Birth: 1879
West Covington
Kenton County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1897
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA

"Death For An Unrequited Love," The Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio, Thurs, 21 Jan 1879, P10:C.

DEATH
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For An Unrequited Love
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Sought by Clara Mullen, a West Covington Girl
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Her Effects Found in a Skiff on the River.
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Tell-Tale Letter in Which She Threatened to End Her Life--Sad Affair.
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   All day yesterday officers and volunteers were dragging the river below West Covington in search of the body of Clara Mullen, who is believed to have drowned herself on account of disappointment in a love affair.
   Miss Mullen was known as one of the prettiest girls in West Covington. She was 18 years old, and since budding into womanhood had acted as housekeeper in her father's large family. For more than a year Miss Mullen had received the attentions of Harry Sonnenburg, a pressman in the printing establishment of the Methodist Book Concern, of this City. Recently Sonnenburg has been less attentive than usual, and Miss Mullen had been much distressed.
   On his last visit to West Covington she upbraided her lover for his coldness and they quarreled.

A STARTLING FIND.
   Yesterday morning Henry Pell, a blacksmith who lives in West Covington and is employed in this city, went to the river bank to ferry himself over to Cincinnati in his skiff. He was startled to find a woman's shawl, earrings and hair pins in the skiff. He turned the articles over to Marshal Kelp, who instituted an investigation. The Marshal found that the articles had belonged to Miss Mullen, and that she had been missing from home since Tuesday afternoon. She had left a letter at home on Monday to be mailed to Sonnenburg but her father had not mailed it. After the Marshal had told his story the letter was opened and it was found that it was the girl's last missive to her lover. She had written him that if he did not call to see her by 8 o'clock Tuesday evening her body would be found at the bottom of the river. The father of the girl, Samuel Mullen, is a watchman on a coal fleet on this side of the river, opposite Ludlow. He is convinced that his daughter has committed suicide. Last night the relatives and friends of the girl were gathered at the Mullen residence in West Covington, and all are certain that her body will be found in the river.

WAS SHE DEMENTED?
   Mr. Mullen refused to allow the letter which his daughter wrote to be seen. He was half crazed with grief, and said that he thought his daughter's mind was affected.
   Sonnenburg, the recreant lover, was at the house also.
   He stated last night that they had had no quarrels of any kind, but it seems that Miss Mullen suspected that his love was growing cold. She determined to try and bring him to terms, and indited the short note found at her home. The lover did not come, and, true to her promise, Miss Mullen sought relief in death.
   The Mullen family live on Short Taylor street, in a frame cottage, and the family consists of the father, Samuel Mullen, three sons and two daughters, Miss Clara, who took her life, and [half-sister Emma] Mrs William Hankins, who at present is living in Ludlow. Sonnenberg boards at 825 Barr street, in this city.

"Doubt Is Almost Swept Away," The Cincinnati Enquirer, Fri, 22 Jan 1897 P10:C4

DOUBT
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Is Almost Swept Away
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As To The Fate of Pretty Clara Mullen.
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No News Received From Her Yesterday, and No Further Trace of Her Whereabouts Found
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   Hardly any doubt remains that Clara Mullen, the pretty West Covington girl who disappeared after quarrelling with her sweetheart, has drowned herself, according to the promise she made in her farewell letter to Harry Sonnenberg.
   There is but little to add to the story of yesterday. Miss Mullen is still missing, and no trace of her has been found. While she was a passionate and impulsive girl, strangely infatuated with her young lover, she possessed much determination, and the suicidal impulse was firmly implanted in her mind.
HAD THREATENED SUICIDE
   Yesterday several of her girl friends at her home said that Clara had told them that Harry was growing cold toward her, and that she meant to kill herself.
   Miss Mullen had a very unpleasant life at home, and the manner in which she was treated by Sonnenberg was the crowning grief which made her life worthless to her. She was the oldest child of Mr. Mullen's second wife, who has been dead more than a year. The whole charge of the home and of her stepbrothers and sisters fell upon her shoulders. She was closely confined by her household duties, and only occasionally sought social pleasures. She met Sonnenberg at a dance in this city and became infatuated with him almost at once. She never was known to receive attentions form any other man and her reputation in West Covington was of the very best. Her brightness in conversation and her open, friendly manner made her popular among young and old. Sonnenberg was looked upon as an intruder by the neighbors when he first began to call upon the girl, and the story of her sorrow at his increasing coldness toward her was neighborhood talk for some time before her disappearance. When they were first acquainted she used to go out frequently with Sonnenberg, and often went to meet him in Cincinnati. Of late he has called upon her less frequently, and they have had a number of quarrels on account of his evident desire to sever their friendship. There is some feeling against Sonnenberg among the friends of the missing girl.
YESTERDAY'S FRUITLESS SEARCH
   All of yesterday the unavailing search for her body continued. At the point where her shawl and combs were found the river flows with a very strong current, which sets across to the opposite bank. Old river men who were engaged in the search for the body yesterday say that is very improbable that it would lodge in the neighborhood of West Covington or Ludlow. It is their opinion that the body will be found miles down the river.
   Samuel Mullen, the girl's father is an eccentric old watchman who has been employed for 20 years on the coal fleet on this side of the river, opposite West Covington. He is convinced that his daughter has committed suicide, but indignantly rejects the suggestion that her relations with Sonnenberg were of anything but the most innocent nature. He is almost distracted with grief, and all day yesterday gloomily watched the work of the searchers, refusing to converse with strangers who approached him. The missing girl was but 18 years old. She was inclined to the brunette type, was 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 135 pounds. At the time of her disappearance she wore a black cloth jacket, black skirt and slippers.
   Colonel Deitsch yesterday notified Mrs Mullen, the unfortunate girl's mother, to call at headquarters and examine the feminine clothing found on Mt. Echo road, Price Hill, last Tuesday night as the clothing answers the description of that warn by Miss Mullen at the time of her disappearance. 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Mullen (1842 - 1914)
  Mary J Curry Mullen (1843 - 1895)
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Mullen (1864 - 1873)**
  Elizabeth Mullen Myers (1864 - 1931)**
  Richard Mullen (1869 - 1905)**
  Emma Mullen Hankins (1870 - 1926)**
  Edward Mullen (1873 - 1873)**
  Clara Mullen (1879 - 1897)
  Roy Clifford Mullen (1889 - 1966)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: presumed drowned, body not found
 
Created by: Marshall Lloyd
Record added: Feb 15, 2014
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Clara Mullen
Added by: Marshall Lloyd
 
Clara Mullen
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