Jacob Pederson

Death 25 Apr 1882
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Unknown
Memorial ID 148068877 · View Source
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          Tired of Life, Jacob Pederson
            Repairs to the River Bank
                  North of Town and
                 Hangs Himself—Full
                      Particulars of
                         the Affair.

      Tuesday afternoon at about 4 o'clock the lifeless body of one Jacob Pederson was found suspended by a rope from the limb of a tree on the bank of the river half a mile north of the Northern Pacific railroad bridge, crossing the Mississippi at this place. The body was first discovered by a passing teamster, who gave the alarm and a large crowd at once repaired to the scene of the hanging. In the meantime the remains of the unfortunate man had been cut down, at which time it was discovered that the body was yet warm, but not a spark of life remained in it, and therefore no attempts at resuscitation were made. The neck was not broken, however, and from the position of the man when found it must have been a suicide most cool and deliberate, and rarely equalled in the frightful display of nerve and determination in the planning and execution of the deed, as it was found upon investigation that the deceased had procured one of the hempen cables used by the log-drivers upon the log booms in the river at this point, cooly unraveled the strands to a sufficient length to suit his fancy, severed one from the remaining three and proceeded with it to the tree upon which he took his life, and after reaching the spot which he had selected for killing himself (where stands a good-sized pine tree, bent over sufficiently to enable one to reach and climb upon some of the stouter limbs) he without difficulty got upon the limb, made fast one end of the rope to his neck and the other to the branch, made a leap from the tree and into eternity. As his knees were touching the ground when he was recovered, the man must either have become dazed or stunned upon the shock of the tightening of the rope and the fall incident upon his suicidal jump, or with horrible firmness drawn up his feet and caused slow strangulation to do its awful work, and possibly when life was almost extinct and he wished to retrace his rash step, the horrors of his situation were a thousand times augmented by thoughts of home and dear relatives and friends seemed with the frightful fact that he was so weakened and exhausted that he could not if he would relieve himself of the tight embrace of the suffocating rope which had so cruelly cut and lacerated his flesh; but let us hope that death came easy, and that the weary soul and tortured body are at rest.
      After the coroner and his assistants had arrived and cut down the body, it was placed upon a dray and brought up town and placed in jail, where a perfect swarm of people soon congregated, and many were the expressions of wonder at the deliberateness and perserverance shown by the dead man in his frantic and successul attempts at suicide. Up to within a few minutes before this time the dead man had not been identified, but upon the arrival of the body in the streets of the city it was recognized as that of a workman employed in the tailoring department of Nevers & Westfall. It was also ascertained by his fellow workmen that he had worked during the forenoon as usual, but had said several times that if he had a revolver he would shoot himself, but nothing was thought of his remark, save that he was feeling unwell and would soon brighten up. He did not come back to work in the afternoon, however, and went to the river bank with the result stated above. The coroner (Dr. J. C. Rosser) said that the man bore signs of an unsound mind, and this is the only cause for the act which present developments warrant the advance of. The verdict of the coroner's jury was that the deceased came to his death by hanging from a tree with a rope around his neck, said rope being adjusted by his own hands.
      Upon his person were found a pocket book, containing one cent in money and a paper of needles, and in one of his pockets was found a key to his satchel, which contained a bottle and a few articles of food, considerable wearing apparel of various kinds, and a memorandum book with the name of T. C. Jurgens, No. 828 First street north, Minneapolis, on the flyleaf, eight cards, a portion of a letter, two receipts and some kind of a passport issued in Norway, are in one apartment of the book, and accounts have been commenced in several places, but as all the writing and some of the printing is in the Norwegian language, the TRIBUNE is unable to decipher much of their meaning, but probably the name on the initial leaf of the book of Claes Peterson, Rothschild's Clothing House, Minneapolis, and the letter addressed to the deceased at 516, Thirteenth avenue south, Minneapolis, and two receipts, which are signed by T. C. Jurgens, and made in favor of one J. P. Dahl, for room rent, are all that will lead to a location of relatives or friends. As the surname of Claes Peterson only differs from that of the deceased in the letters "d" and "t," it is possible that he may be a brother or cousin. It might also be advanced as reasonable that he boarded with or rented a room, in conjunction with the man Dahl, or the probable owner of the memoranda, T. C. Jurgens, but whether or not such is the case yet remains a mystery. The remains will be buried by the authorities today, if nothing more is disclosed as to the dead man's friends, as a coffin has been prepared and the body laid out. (Brainerd Tribune, 29 April 1882, p. 1, c. 3)



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