Saturday, July 30, 2011

Black Sheep - George Dinkel

Many thanks to the Tom Wood for pointing me towards this interesting, but sad, story.

My great-great-great grandfather, George Dinkel, committed suicide by drinking rat poison after a night of drinking and beating up his wife, Mary A. Hammer. After a bit of digging around, I found a page from the 21 August 1884 edition of the  St. Paul Daily Globe.

"George Dinkel of Long Prairie committed suicide the other by by taking poison. He was a drunkard, and had fearfully beaten and buried his wife before to took himself off."

According to Tom, when his friends went to bury him, the priest stood at the gate of the cemetary and wouldn't let him be buried.  His friends returned later that night and buried him in the corner of the Catholic cemetary in Long Prarie.

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