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Martin Bulkow
Shawano County Journal

Saturday, 15 Mar 1879

ACCIDENTALLY KILLED - Monday evening about half-past five o' clock, MARTIN BULKOW, better known as "Crazy Martin", was killed by the falling of an old pine tree, which Fred Zingler was chopping at the time. It was about half-past five in the afternoon, and he was on his way home, passing along the road when Zingler beckoned to him to get out of the way, as the tree was chopped through on both sides, and a high wind was blowing. Instead of obeying, however, he moved nearer to him, and a gust coming up, the tree fell, striking him on the head and shoulder, and killing him instantly. The above facts were elicited at the inquest held before A. M. Andrews, justice of the peace, C. H. Durrin, James Miller, August Schweers, Sam'l Griffis, Ernest Jung, and H. A. Small, jurors.


Martin Bulkow was from Saxony, and was one of the small colony left there by the Vandals when they swept over Europe. They have preserved their identity for centuries, but the marriage and inter-marriage of the few families has resulted in a race of enfeebled intellect. He came to America many years ago, going first to Canada, where he had relatives, and coming from there to Shawano about 7 years ago. About 3 years ago his mind left him, and since then he has been mildly crazy, his aberration being mainly on the subject of religion. He was confined for a time at the asylum, but succeeded in escaping. He has been here most of his time, his vagaries forming amusement for his hearers, but otherwise perfectly innocent. For some time he had been possessed with the idea that he was going to heaven, and for every fancied insult he looked there for revenge. The last day of his life he said that he was going to start soon, but the call came sooner than even he expected.