Frank Abrisz 1818-1887
Posted By: deb (email)
Date: 2/11/2018 at 20:27:34
BURLINGTON HAWKEYE: TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 31, 1887
Frank Abrisz Hangs Himself Sunday Morning in a Kitchen
On Sunday morning the man named above, a German stone cutter, living near Sunnyside avenue, went away from home to church, as was their custom, leaving him alone in the house. Upon returning, about noon, no trace of him could be found and an anvious search was at once instituted. He was not to be found upon his own premises but a search of the home of his son-in-law, Policeman Max Huppert, whose place is situated immediately adjoining, discovered his body, cold and stiffening, hanging by a halter strap from the rafters of a small shed adjoining the back kitchen. Life had been extinct so long that it was at once apparent that all efforts at resuscitation must prove futile. There was little doubt that he had committed the deed most immediately after the family left home.
The deceased was a man in his seventieth year, the father of a family of twelve children. He has been in ill health for some time, his distemper taking the form of melancholia from which nothing could arouse him. He was moody and silent and would sit apart for hours at a time, dreaming over his imaginary troubles. He made an attempt about two years ago to end his existence, but was frustrated by his wife who discovered his intentions in good time. Since then it appears that he has never abandoned the idea.
The funeral will be held at ten o'clock to day at St. John's church.
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