Tragedy

March 09, 2013

Names written on the back of cabinet cards
Sometimes lead you down strange paths
The sad tale of Herman Thielke
(this cabinet card is from his younger years)

On Saturday afternoon last Herman Thielke, who resides five miles south of Thorp, Clark County, Wis., went to work as usual, in apparent good health, putting roof boards on a shed he was building for storage of his farm machinery. He was on the roof when suddenly he was noticed to sink down in a reclining position by Sidney F. Thompson, who was also on the roof within a few feet of where Mr. Thielke was standing, and upon being asked by Mr. Thompson what ailed him, Mr. Thielke answered, "I don't know." Mr. Andrew Metcalf, who was also assisting in building the shed was on the ground but a few feet distant from the shed. By the aid of two men and Mrs. Thielke and Minnie Rosin, who were summoned from the house near by, Mr. Thielke was taken from the roof, which was only about ten feet high, and carried into the house, but was dead when they reached the dwelling. On Sunday afternoon justice George Burke summoned L. O. Garrison, M. Wiltgen, F. A. Arms, C. L. Adams, H. Leibold and Wm. Wagner as a jury, who in company with Drs. McCutcheon and McKittrick, visited the home, where the doctors proceeded to examine the person of the deceased, finding what apparently seemed to be a bullet hole in the groin. The wound was opened and a search made for the bullet but none could be found, but the course of the ball showed quite plainly that a large artery and the intestines had been severed, which wound naturally cause death in less than three minutes. No shot having been heard by those present at the time of the accident, it remains a mystery how the wound was caused. Deceased had some large spikes in his pocket but whether one of them caused the accident or a shot from the woods about sixty rods distant, will probably never be known. The post mortem examination was adjourned until Sept. 20th, when no doubt the matter will be more fully investigated. Mr. Thielke leaves a wife and three small children. He had been a resident here about eleven years and was not known to have an enemy in the world.

About the Funhouse

Howdy
Welcome
Greetings
I'm glad you're here

Welcome to
Ron Slattery's
Bighappyfunhouse Est. 2004

Vernacular photography is my thing...

Well, that and photos of
plastic covered couches...

Enjoy the pie...


The photos featured here are also for sale

Contact -
bighappyfunhouse@gmail.com

Cherish life my friends
Every day above ground
Is a good day

Search



There is also an advanced search.

Archives

Nearby:

Recent entries:

The last few months:

View the full archive listing.

Big Found

Big Links


Around Chicago