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 Samuel Kiehl

Samuel Kiehl

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Jun 1893 (aged 7-8)
Ashland, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Fountain Springs, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 32384604 · View Source
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Samuel was the son of Lewis Edwin Kiehl and Maria. He was the grandson of George B. Kiehl. Samuel was found dead at Mohantango from a gunshot after had been missing. He had gone to the woods with a playmate named "Bubble." Samuel's first name was erroneously listed as George in initial news reports of his death. The 1900 census shows a Bubble family living in Middleport, Schuylkill County -- 21 miles from Ashland. Anthony Bubble was a Russian-Polish saloon-keeper but no Samuel Bubble is listed in the census. He did have a son Joseph that would have been Samuel Kiehl's age in 1893. The murder was apparently never solved with an arrest or conviction.


Friday, June 15, 1893


Kiehl Found With a Bullet In His Neck

Was He Foully Dealt With

Great Excitement in Ashland Over the Mysterious Affair

The Boy Went into the Mountain With Samuel Bubble and When the Latter Returned He Said He Did Not Know Where Kiehl Was

With his body in the first stages of decomposition and a bullet hole in his neck, ten year old Samuel KIEHL of Ashland was found dead in an air hole on Tank mountain near Centralia, at noon Monday by his uncle, Charles KIEHL, and a body of Ashland searchers.

The finding of the dead boy has created the greatest kind of excitement and many rumors are afloat as to the cause of the tragic affair. Numerous ones say that he met death accidentally while others say that the boy has been murdered. This evening Coroner MERKLE of Schuylkill county holds to inquest and try to get at the bottom of
the mystery.

Saturday morning KIEHL and a companion, Samuel BUBBLE, two years his senior, left Ashland to play in the woods. Towards evening the latter returned and partook of his evening meal without displaying emotions of any kind. He was called upon by members of the KIEHL family late in the evening and was asked as to the whereabouts of Samuel.

"I do not know, " replied the boy, whose large blue eyes grew somewhat anxious as he met the steady, inquiring look of the questioner; "has anything happened to him?" He was informed that Samuel had not returned home and could not be found anywhere in town. BUBBLE reported that he did not know where his friend was and that when he left him in the woods the latter said he was not quite ready to return home.

BUBBLE spoke so earnestly and with such apparent sincerity as to fully persuade his questioners that he was telling the truth. They left and the boy went to bed. The distracted parents grew more afraid as the hours fled bringing no tidings of their son. Most of the night was spent in looking for him and most everybody in town asked each other whether the boy had been found.

At daybreak the missing one had not turned up and bodies of men went into the surrounding mountains, KIEHL's uncle leading a number into the Tank mountain. Every nook and corner was searched when an air-hole was encountered. Mr. KIEHL was about passing this when his attention was attracted to a peculiarly shaped object at the bottom. He [illegible word] sharply into the chasm and felt convinced that the object was nothing less than a human being. Notifying his companions the man descended and to his horror discovered his nephew dead with a revolver lying a few feet away. The ground was carefully examined but no evidence of a struggle was observed. The corpse was taken to the distracted parents' home and young BUBBLE notified. He seemed shocked on learning of the finding. The police called on him and after rigid examination were partly satisfied by the boy claiming entire ignorance of all complicity.

Additional information found by cousin Karen Measel in the Pottsville Republican newspaper:

MONDAY JUNE 12, 1893


An Ashland Boy Shot through the breast and killed.

At about five o'clock last evening the dead body of a nine-year-old boy named George Kiehl, of Ashland was found about a quarter of a mile from that borough in the direction of Dark Corner, with a gunshot wound entering the breast and coming out through the back. On Saturday he and a boy named Bubbel left their homes and not returning a searching party set out in search of them and last evening as above stated the corpse of young Kiehl was found, together with improved double action Smith & Wesson revolver lying a short distance away. The boy Bubbel, who returned home, denied having been with Kiehl. No coroner's inquest having yet been held, there are no positive facts known in the case farther than above stated. It will, however, be thoroughly investigated.

The Ashland Shooting

The boy Bubbel, who was with George Kiehl on Saturday last, and who it is believed knows something about the shooting of the latter, near Ashland, was before Coroner Marshall and his jury last evening. He underwent the examination, which consumed over one hour, unmoved, and stontly denied having any-knowledge of the shooting of his companion. The affair is shrouded in much mystery.


It is believed the pistol found near young Kiehl, who was found dead near Ashland is the one lost by school teacher Gabriel Maurer of Butler Township.

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