Arabella A Jahn

Arabella A Jahn

Death 4 Sep 1908 (aged 17)
Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Sec 17, Blk 6
Memorial ID 28255808 · View Source
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Dau of Henry G Jahn, a Milwaukee Barber
Niece of Frank Jahn
Sister of Ada
age 17

Buried near her parents
Coroner Gets Report That Girl Telephoned to Man Aquaintance From Saloon on Whitefish Bay Road – Was Not in Love, Declares Father of the Victim

Two men strolling near the Country club on the Whitefish Bay road early this morning found the body of a beautiful young girl. In one hand was clutched an empty carbolic acid bottle plainly indicating that the girl committed suicide.

Worried by his daughter's absence from home all night, Henry Jahn, a barber in the Railway Exchange building, who resides at 430 Lloyd Street, identified the corpse several hours later as that of his child, Arabella, 17 years of age.


Before identification was made, a search of the clothing for a note or any mark which might throw light upon the mystery was without result, but upon the calf of the left leg was tatooed the name Arabella and under it the name Arthur.

Mr. Jahn, worried by the absence of his daughter, made a search this morning which resulted in his finding her at the morgue.

When shown the body, he burst into tears.


Believes Girl Whose Body Was Found Yesterday Died at Her Own Hands – but, Position of the Corpse, as Well as Fact That They Can't Find Cork to Acid Bottle, Leads Him to Ask Questions.

Where did Arabella Jahn die?

Was it at the spot where her body was found in the grass, across the road from the Country club, yesterday morning?

Or, after she died elsewhere, was her body carried there and left to be found by the chance passer?

G. W. Crane, caddy-master at the Country club, who found the dead girl, believes the latter.


"I do not believe she died where I found her," said Mr. Crane today. "There are several peculiar circumstances that strengthen me in that belief.

"Her clothes were not disordered in the least. The body was lying upon the back as though asleep. Those who die from carbolic acid poisoning are apt to struggle and disarrange the clothing.

"The grass in which she was found was about 8 inches high. It was not beaten down, showing that there was no struggle. Her hat was pinned to the head and the empty bottle lay close to the hand.


"The strangest circumstance of all is that there was no cork near the bottle. I had several boys search for it for half an hour.

"It is not credible that the girl would have proceeded to that point with an uncorked bottle of carbolic acid.

"I am not prepared to say that the girl met with violence. In fact, I believe she committed suicide.

"But I do not believe she committed suicide at the place where the body was found.

"If she had met her death at the hand of others there would in all probability have been marks of violence upon her. But there were none."

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