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Surnames: Klein, Bloche, Carl,
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Apr 10, 1913
Klein, Frantz (18 Aug 1838 - 3 Apr
Frantz Klein, an aged gentleman residing
this side of the Mound, was found dead in the field adjoining his
house last Saturday morning. Friday Mr. Bloche and family,
neighbors of Mr. Klein, noticed that the stock had not been fed and
that there was no evidence of Mr. Klein about the place. Mr.
Bloche went over and fed the stock and not seeing Mr. Klein called
Herman Carl over. Search failed to disclose the whereabouts
of Mr. Klein and Saturday morning the gentlemen returned for a
further search. They entered the house and not finding the
owner they searched the buildings and adjoining premises. In
the field a short distance from the house, the body of Mr. Klein
was found cold in death, lying face down.
The district attorney and Dr, Monk were
summoned and an investigation made. There was no trace of
violence upon the body, and no footprints about the premises which
would indicate foul play, so a coroner’s jury was not
called. It seems very evident that the old gentleman, who
lived alone, while temporarily deranged, had left the house either
Thursday or Friday and started across the field and that death had
overtaken him there. He had been in poor health for some time
and at times his mental condition was not the best.
Mr. Klein was born in Germany and was aged 74 years, 7 months and 17 days. His wife died some years ago and since that time he has lived alone. Not much of his history is known for he was reticent about himself, but it is understood that he has a son in the west. He was a pleasant old gentleman and his untimely demise is sincerely regretted by his many friends.
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