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Jeremiah Rummel Zollinger died 1895


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Date: 3/9/2020 at 11:51:14

The Bystander; Des Moines, Iowa; 1 Mar 1895; Page 2;

Newton, Feb. 26. – This community was greatly shocked when the news spread that J. R. Zollinger, a prominent merchant and an ex-sheriff, was found dead and had probably been murdered. Mr. Zollinger left his place of business about 9:30, and when he reached home his wife noticed blood flowing down over his face, and on inquiring what was the matter, he stated that he had fallen or been hit. These are the only words he spoke. A physician was summoned and on examination a large gash was found on his head. He never regained consciousness, but died between 12 and 1 o’clock. It is a very mysterious case, some believing he was waylaid, and the thug, failing to bring down his victim, had fled without accomplishing his full purpose, that of robbery, nothing on his person having been taken. Others think he was overcome with a stroke of apoplexy and struck his head against an electric wire pole. Whichever it was happened within a few rods of his home. Two clubs were found near the spot where the first blood was visible, which make it look like a case of murder. Mr. Zollinger had been a captain in the army, and his funeral was conducted by Masonic and G.A.R. organizations of Newton.
Contributor: Johnnie Zollinger #47397776

FUNERAL OF J.R. ZOLLINGER -The Entire Community Mourns - Coroner's Jury Adjourns for the WeekNewton, Feb. 26 - The funeral of J. R. Zollinger, who was murdered Sunday night, occurred yesterday afternoon conducted by Garrett post G.A.R. of this city. The funeral was the largest that has occurred in this county for many years. The business houses of the city were closed from 2 to 4 o'clock out of respect for the deceased and family. Mr. Zollinger was in the 65th year of his age and a well preserved man of his age. The coroner's jury has not concluded its work, but has adjourned for one week. It has fully determined that Mr. Zollinger's death was caused by a blow from a club or other blont instrument. Two or three persons are being shadowed.
From Cedar Rapids Weekly Gazette; Cedar Rapids, IA; 28 Feb 1895; Page 4;


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