|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1868|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1902|
WENT OVER THE DIVIDE
Theodore F. Achenbach Swallowed a Dose of Morphine and Died Sunday.
Had Been on a Protracted Spree and Spent All His Money in Gambling and Drink—Foul Play Intimated but No Arrests Have Been Made
Theodore F. Achenbach committed suicide last Sunday morning by taking a dose of morphine, or opium. He left no trace of the drug he used to take his own life, and he told no one that he intended to commit the rash act.
The man was despondent, caused by drinking and gambling, and losing all of his money, which amounted to about $300.
He had been out most all of Saturday night, but came home about 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning. He was intoxicated when he came home. He got up on Sunday morning about 10 o'clock and said he would go up town, for he was not feeling well. His wife asked him if he would not eat some breakfast, but he said he was not hungry. He came up town and after remaining a very short time he returned home, but was very nervous and trembled terribly. He sat down and commenced to read a paper, and after reading a short time, he asked his wife if she had anything to drink in the house. There being nothing in the house to drink a couple of pints of brandy was sent for, and he drank most of this. He went out in the buggy shed and shaved himself, but took the bottle of brandy out with him. He came in the house after shaving himself and after reading a newspaper for awhile, he laid down on the bed. He was still very nervous, and after lying on the bed a short time he got up and turned his head around to the other side of the bed, when he did this he remarked that he could never sleep with his head lower than his feet. In a short time he was asleep, and was snoring.
Maude Campbell, who was in the house with Mrs. Achenback [sic] remarked that "that snore didn't sound good to her," and the two women went into the room where the man was lying on the bed. His face was blue. Mrs. Achenback took hold of him and shaking him, asked him what was the matter. The man did not answer, and she asked him if he could talk, and he nodded his head that he could. His wife then asked him if he wanted anything, and he said "send for a priest and tell mother." These were the only words he spoke after he went to sleep, but he spoke as plain and distinct as he ever spoke.
Mrs. Campbell hurried up town for a physician, but did not find one and returned home. They then sent a man after a physician, but he returned without one, and then a little boy came up and notified Dr. Rohrbaugh but it was too late to do the man any good, for he was dying. The doctor did all that was possible to save the man's life, but it was too late and at 8:45 the man breathed his last.
Achenback has been in this part of Wyoming for about four years, and lived near Leo. He came here at about the same time Tom Wagner arrived. Wagner swindled quite a number of our people out of considerable money on a fake mining deal, and he stopped at the Achenback ranch, but Achenback had nothing to do with the game.
Achenback sold out his belongings to J. L. Campbell about a month ago, and received several hundred dollars in cash as part payment. He said he was going to Alaska, where he has a brother, but having spent all his money at gambling and drink, he changed his mind and killed himself.
His life was insured for $3,000, in his wife's favor, but she upbraided him for drinking so much, and he made application for the policy to be changed in favor of his mother.
Messrs. D. D. Crum, James Nelson, J__ Crawford and Justice Jameson acted as coroner's jury, but they have not yet brought in a verdict.
On Wednesday morning a post mortem examination was made, and the stomach and heart were taken from the body which are to be used in the investigation that will follow.
Source: Natrona County Tribune, Casper, Wyoming, 20 Feb 1902, Page 1
Rachael T. Johnson Ramkwitz (____ - 1908)*
Although he sleeps his memory doth live
And cheering comfort to his mourners give.
He followed virtue as his truest guide,
Lived as a Christian—as a Christian died.
Plot: Block 8, Lot 14, Grave 4
Created by: Cemetery Walker
Record added: Mar 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49962868