Louisa C. <I>Eben</I> Bissinger

Louisa C. Eben Bissinger

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Death 17 Aug 1875 (aged 39)
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 21930956 · View Source
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On Tuesday, August 17, 1875, Louisa Bissinger , wife of Capt. Philip Bissinger, told her three children, Mollie, Lillie and Philip, they were going on a picnic. They crossed the Harrisburg (Penn Street ) Bridge, walked on the Union Canal towpath towards the Tulpehocken Creek.

The children ages, nine, six and three years, skipped alongside their mother in a gleeful manner. They reached the Union Canal Lock #49 East around 5:00 P.M. The mother stopped, picked up stones and placed them in a basket and tied the basket around her waist. She picked up the boy and held him to her breast, and tucked each daughter on each side of her arms and jumped into the canal. The woman disappeared beneath the surface of the water, the children, still clinging to her also sank into the water.

An eye witness could not save the children who kept bobbing to the surface of the river because he could not swim. He ran to the house of Mr. Gring where a boat was launched.

What caused this woman to take her own life and murder her three children?



It was reported that Capt. Philip Bissinger treated this wife Louise with "undo respect" for many years, and "openly courted another woman." Mrs. Bissinger felt if she took her own life, she didn't want her children brought up by another woman. Unknown to many until the suicide, she was expecting.


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  • Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 3 Oct 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21930956
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louisa C. Eben Bissinger (21 Mar 1836–17 Aug 1875), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21930956, citing Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Laurie (contributor 2811407) .