Male Unknown

Death 4 Sep 1893
Deerwood, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 2, Lot 53, 3 ft. SEC
Memorial ID 113372883 · View Source
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The body was found on 04 September 1893.

            Was it Suicide or Murder?

      While John Voerge and his son were looking for cranberries about five miles east of Jonesville on Monday last they came suddenly upon the remains of a man lying at full length in a little hollow at the edge of a swamp. Naturally enough the sight startled them. Closer examination showed that the remains had laid there long enough so that the flesh had all disappeared from the head and hands, the only exposed parts, and probably there is nothing left under the clothing. Mr. Voerge did not examine the pockets for information as to who the man was, but left things just as they were when he came so suddenly upon them. Whether it is a case of suicide, murder or accidental death no one knows, and it is quite improbable that it ever will be known, as the indications are that the remains have laid exposed to the elements long enough to completely obliterate all traces of any clue which might otherwise have been discovered. Coroner Dean and Mr. Voerge left this morning to bring the remains to this city, and after a close examination they will be buried. (Brainerd Dispatch, 08 September 1893, p. 4, c. 5)

              HIS SCULL WAS BROKEN.

    The Remains Found in the Cranberry
           Marsh Near Jonesville Now
               in the Custody of Cor-
                      oner Dean.

      On Friday of last week Coroner Dean, John Voerge A. F. Ferris and R. Parker made a party that went in search of the skeleton which Mr. Voerge and his son had run onto in the woods some days before, and which they had left undisturbed. The party arrived at the place about noon and were directed to the spot by Mr. Voerge. The body, or bones rather, lay about 200 feet from the railroad track on the north side, and in a little hollow which had been made by the up-rooting of a tall pine tree. The entire skeleton was there with the exception of the bones of the feet and hands which had probably been carried off by wolves which are numerous in that section. The skull was examined and on the left side over the eye was found a fracture which had evidently been made by some blunt instrument and it must have been a terrific blow for the skull was cracked in all directions from the indenture. On top of the skull and a little to the right was a second fracture, probably where the first blow was struck for it was not nearly as heavy a one as the other. The clothing that the man had on at the time he met his death was a black coat and vest and brown pants and blue striped shirt. In the pockets the only things discovered were a wooden pipe and a small round wooden box, evidently a snuff box. These were the only things by which the man's identity could be discovered unless it was by his teeth, which were perfect. The man still retained his baby eye-teeth, a fact discovered by Dr. Ribble [sic] after the bones had been brought into the city, and his wisdom teeth on the under jaw had not yet made their appearance. These things would indicate that he was quite a young man.
      There is no doubt but that the man was murdered, but how and under what circumstances will probably never be known.
      Coroner Dean has the bones and clothing at the morgue of Losey & Dean and will keep them for some time before he buries them, in case anything should turn up. (Brainerd Dispatch, 15 September 1893, p. 4, c. 4)

                  Deerwood News.

      James McCarvell [sic], the foreman of the section running west from this place has advanced a theory in regard to the remains found near Jonesville by Mr. Voerge. He says that three years ago James Hughes, a freight conductor, discovered a man riding on his train, and approaching him, asked the tramp what he was doing there, when the man jumped and fell and acted as though he was injured as he did not move. At Jonesville the conductor notified Mr. Gunderson, the section foreman at that place, of the occurrence. Mr. Gunderson went to the spot but could find no traces of the man except blood stains in the sand. The supposition is that when the man jumped he broke his skull and in a dazed condition wandered off to the spot where the bones were found, and died. (Brainerd Dispatch, 22 September 1893, p. 4, c. 6)


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