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|Death: ||Apr., 1883|
Rudolph Dammen Chilton Times April 28, 1883
A young man by the name of Rudolph Dammen, whose parents lived about two miles east of the village of New Holstein, has been at work for some time for Mrs. J. Mortimer about two and a half miles west of the city. He was known as a quiet, industrious and inoffensive person. He was usually light-spirited and happy, but had occasional spells of melancholy in which he seemed to brood over some deep sorrow. One of these spells it seems overtook him yesterday morning, but he attended to his work as usual, going with a team out into a field west of the house, near the woods, where he engaged in cultivating. Albert Mortimer, a young man who was engaged in chopping in the woods on the north, passed through the field about ten o'clock and inquire of Rudolph about an ax. Rudolph told him where it was, and Mortimer did not notice anything unusual about him.
This is the last time Rudolph Dammen was seen alive. At the call for dinner Rudolph did not answer as usual, and Frank Davis and Albert Mortimer went out into the field where they found the horses still hitched to the cultivator, and upon examination, they found one of the lines missing. Immediately mistrusting what had happened they went into the woods near by, where they found the lifeless body of the unfortunate suicide dangling from a leaning tree. The suicide had climbed this tree which leaned at an angle of forty-five degrees, adjusted the line, one end around his neck and the other to the tree. What his reflections were, as he contemplated that awful leap into eternity, will never be known.
It is sad to see a young man at the early age of seventeen, in apparent good health and with a promising future, end his earthy career by his own hand.
The news of the sad affair was immediately communicated to Coroner Rollmann, who summoned the following jury to the scene of the tragedy; Martin Fadner, John Murphy, James Reid, William Roecker, W. J. Paulsen and Jacob Jaekels. Upon due examination the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
Created by: Rose Mohnsam
Record added: Nov 28, 2012
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