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Blast from the Past - Infirmary chief tries to kill himself

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

APRIL 5, 1905

The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 103 years ago:

Mittenbuhler attempts suicide

The people of Huron County were shocked beyond measure Wednesday morning to hear that Infirmary Director Charles Mittenbuhler had attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself in the barn at his residence near Plymouth.

Mr. Mittenbuhler was in Norwalk Tuesday on official business and appeared to be in the best of spirits, laughing and joking with his acquaintances as usual. He left for his home later, arriving there about 5:30 p.m., and with his oldest son went to the barn to do some chores. After being there a short time he said to the boy, "You're tired, you go to the house and I will finish the chores." As he did not come in the house to supper, about 7:30 o'clock the son was sent to the barn, and was horrified to find his father hanging unconscious with a rope about his neck, to the ladder leading to the barn loft. The almost lifeless body was carried into the house and physicians hastily summoned. Earnest efforts were made to save the unfortunate man's life, but at last accounts, although Mr. Mittenbuhler was still alive, he was still unconscious and the doctors had little hope of his recovery.

Mr. Mittenbuhler has a family consisting of a wife and five children and a happy home and none of his acquaintances can conceive of any reason why he should attempt to take his own life.

Killed in snowslide

George Raab of Toledo, a son-in-law of Mrs. Henry Groman, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Frank Storz, and a cousin of Mrs. John Soisson, of Norwalk, was killed in a snowslide at Ouwray, Colorado, last Saturday. Mr. Raab, who was quite well known here, was forty-four years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Storz will go to Toledo to attend the funeral, which will be held Thursday.

Have returned home

Mrs. Mary J. Shedd and son Charles returned Tuesday night from their four months annual winter sojourn in Florida. Both are in excellent health and are glad to get back to their dear old home and Norwalk friends. They made their headquarters at Palm Beach but went where they pleased, taking in the sights and many good things which that part of the country affords to winter pleasure seekers. While at that famous resort, which is the magnificent winter home of Henry M. Flagler, Mr. Shedd met Mr. Flagler and had a pleasant talk with him. Mr. Flagler, on learning that Mr. Shedd was from Norwalk, made inquiries about old Norwalk and Bellevue acquaintances. He inquired particularly of John Gardiner, C.W. Millen and Theodore Williams, whom he knew quite well when he was a resident of Bellevue many years ago. During their stay in Florida, Mrs. Shedd and son met Mrs. W.D. McVitty and son, Joe Owen, and wife. Charlie says the McVittys and Owens are engaged in raising Irish potatoes for the northern market and are now harvesting their crop, getting good prices and making good money.

House for sale

For sale, no. 165 West Main Street. There are about four acres of land, including front lot; variety of fruit trees, city water. This lot without any buildings would be worth $3,000. I paid Jonas Crosby $1,000 for carpenter and mason work. I furnished all the material (This did not include the tower.). F.A. Powers put one of his best furnaces in this house. House has thirteen rooms (not including closet and bathroom). Would cost at the present time to build as good a house as this, $3,000. Location one of the best on West Main. The outlook from the side and front porches is charmingly beautiful. Street cars make round trip every thirty minutes. C.W. Manahan.

- Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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