Obituaries - Laemmert
LAEMMERT, GEORGE A.
(husband of ANNA ELISE LAEMMERT)
b. November 10, 1829
d. July 17, 1897
a. 67 yrs. 8ms. 7 dys.
“Died. At his home, this place, Saturday, July 17, 1897, Mr. George Laemmert, aged 60 [sic] years. Deceased was a native of Hesse, Germany, but came to America while a boy. He was for one term a town councilman and always a good citizen.” [FMJ 7-24-1897, p. 3]
He was a city councilman in 1881 [Scharf, p. 1479]. He may also have been a Deacon in the Reformed Church in 1867 [Scharf, p. 1481].
(son of GEORGE A. and ANNA ELISE LAEMMERT)
d. ca. 1873
See Laemmert-Knieriem Family Chart in Chapter 5.
(son of GEORGE A. and ANNA ELISE LAEMMERT)
b. August 23, 1867
d. April 27, 1887
a. 19 yrs. 8 ms. 4 dys.
“Killing of Phillip Laemmert.—Wednesday evening shortly before 10 o’clock quite a crowd of young men in John L. Heintz’s billiard hall were startled by an altercation which arose between Charles McMillan, of Borden Shaft, and John Stewart, of this place. The difficulty appeared to be one adjourned from the evening before, McMillan asking Stewart whether he ‘thought himself as good a man as he was last night.’ Stewart replied affirmatively, but expressed a desire to have no trouble. McMillan was aggressive, however, and Stewart threw off his overcoat and assumed the defensive by reaching for balls on a pool table. Just then a ball from McMillan’s direction flew across the room and struck a board register on the wall. Meanwhile the proprietor, Heintz, observing that young McMillan was backed by his brother, Montgomery, approached the latter and asked him to ‘make no racket here.’ He was reproached with the suggestion that ‘he (Heintz) had permitted a racket the night before.’ Montgomery pushed Heintz back, reached for his hip-pocket, his hand swept around and a pistol shot rang out. A moment later, Phillip Laemmert, an unconcerned party, rose from his seat on a box and cried, ‘I’m shot! I’m shot!’ Laemmert was at once led out and taken to Dr. Jacobs’ office, where a few minutes later he died. The parties most closely concerned got out of the way quickly, but for some hours the excitement among others was general and intense. Owen England, policeman, took charge of affairs promptly. Justice Atkinson was informed, and a jury impaneled as follows: Charles H. Walker, Foreman; John Powers, J.B. Oder; W.H. Duffy; Jethro Jeffries; [?] Williams; Floyd C. Atkinson; George Wehner; Joseph Bear; Peter Payne; John Chambers; C.F. Nickel. Several witnesses were heard and the jury adjourned at 1:20 Thursday morning to 7 the same evening, in order to have a post mortem examination then made.
At the adjourned meeting Dr. C.C. Jacobs, who made the autopsy, produced a .32 calibre ball found in Laemmert’s body, and said the wound was sufficient to cause death. The ball entered the neck, above the clavicle, about an inch on the left side; passed downward, backward and to the right, severing the sub-clavian artery, left bronchus, just at its origin from the trachea, and passing through the posterior portion of the lower lobe of the right lung and between the 10th and 11th ribs, fracturing the latter, and lodging just beneath the skin about an inch and a half to the right of the spinal vertebra. Found no exit wound. The deceased came to his death by hemorrhage and shock. Other witnesses were heard, in some cases contradicting those of the evening before.
The jury rendered a verdict to the effect that Philip Laemmert came his death by a pistol-shot wound inflicted by Montgomery McMillan.
Our report is a mere synopsis of the great volume of testimony given before the jury. McMillan went to Cumberland early this morning and surrendered to sheriff Houck.
Laemmert was 19 years, 8 months, and 4 days old. He was known as a quiet, unobtrusive, industrious young man. He and McMillan worked in the same mine, and there was evidently not the slightest hostility between them.
The most plausible theory of the unfortunate affair is that Laemmert received the ball designed for John Stewart.
The sad event is regretted profoundly by all, probably by none more than McMillan and his friends.
The funeral will take place... [remainder unreadable]” [FMJ 4-30-1887, p. 1]
“The funeral of Philip Laemmert, took place at the English Lutheran church Sunday afternoon. The attendance was very large; the floral display handsome and tasteful, and the services impressive. John A. Laemmert, residing in Kansas, a brother of the deceased, reached here Sunday morning, in ample time to attend.” [FMJ 5-7-1887, p. 4]
“J[ohn] Adam Laemmert, of Wichita, Kansas, who reached here last Sunday to attend the funeral of his brother, Philip, reports lively times in and about his new home. He likes the West, but will remain here a short time before returning.” [FMJ 5-7-1887, p. 4]
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
28 x 22 cms
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