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Adolph Pflueger

Elwood Call Leader; “Despondent Takes Life”; 03 Sep 1920 [Friday]; pg.1.

Adolph Pflueger, Retired Farmer, Kills Himself With Revolver Last Evening. Estranged From Family.

Adolph Pflueger, 76, a well known German farmer who has made his home in and near this city for the past twenty years, shot and killed himself at the home of Jack Kanter, in North Thirteenth street, about 8 o’clock last evening.

Despondency caused by the fact that he was estranged from his wife by a third marriage and all of his children by his first one and without any near friends, is believed to have been responsible for Pflueger taking his life. It is said that several times within the past few weeks he has intimated to those with whom he talked that he was tired of living and intended to “end it all.”

Tested The Revolver.

Pflueger has been rooming for some time at the Alpine hotel in South A street and yesterday went to the home of Jack Kanter to spend the day. After supper the family was sitting on the rear porch and Pflueger removed his coat and hat, laid them down and walked to the rear of the lot, giving no intimation of his purpose. He entered a patch of corn growing there and fired one shot from the [revolver evidently to confirm that it] was in good working order. The second shot fired sent a bullet directly into the center of the forehead, penetrating the brain.

Death Almost Instantaneous.

Death was almost instantaneous. Mr. and Mrs. Kanter hurried to the spot Pflueger was seen to disappear and Carl Benefield, who chanced to be passing, was the first to reach the body. He was alive then but beyond the aid of medical skill when Dr. C. C. Cotton responded to the call. The body was brought to the York morgue and Coroner Sells, of Anderson, notified of the suicide. The police department sent Patrolmen Casto and Kennedy out to the scene of the shooting to investigate the circumstances and found them as above stated.

Son Takes Charge.

George Pflueger , residing near Atlanta, was notified of his father’s death and arrived here this morning taking charge of the funeral arrangements. One other son, Daniel, residing at Huntington and two daughters, Mrs. Louise Reveal and Mrs. Emma Widener, reside here.

The funeral will be conducted at the York chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. H. Ward Grieb, pastor of the Lutheran church and the burial will be in the city cemetery.

Native Of Germany.

Adolph Pflueger was a native of Germany and served in the army of that country before coming to the United States in 1866. He resided for a number of years in Tipton county and was known as a man of excitable temper and eccentric, yet scrupulously honest in all his dealings.

During the war Pflueger was taken before the authorities here for alleged seditious remarks but satisfactorily explained them when given an opportunity to do so. He was a naturalized citizen and known as a hard working man whose condition in his later years was pitiable to those acquainted with his family troubles.

Elwood Call Leader; “Life’s Troubles Over”; 4 Sep 1920 [Saturday]; pg.1.

Funeral of Adolph Pflueger Conducted at Chapel This Afternoon. The funeral of Adolph Pflueger, aged German resident, who terminated his life by his own hand Thursday night, was conducted at the York chapel this afternoon by Rev. H. Ward Grieb, pastor of the Lutheran church and the burial was in the city cemetery.

There were a number of people in attendance at the funeral, not many who came out of curiosity, either. Those who knew Mr. Pflueger as an industrious, honest man, peculiar in his manner but withal kind-hearted, were there to pay their last respects.

Adolph Pflueger came to this country when a young man to escape German imperialism, having served in the army and felt the iron hand of its commanders. He became naturalized and was loyal to the land of his adoption. His later years were not happy ones and he finds rest by his own choice.

[Elwood Call Leader; “Life’s Troubles Over”; 4 Sep 1920 [Saturday]; pg.1.]