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Subject: [News] !! Monroe Co., NY Aug. 6, 7, 1902
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 21:45:55 EST

Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Aug. 6, 1902


Husband and Wife Both Commit Suicide 24 Hours Apart

F. L. IKELER Proprietor of Eagle Hotel Sent Bullet Into His Brain Yesterday
Morning Because of Grief Over Suicide of His Wife by Laudanum on Sunday -
Evidently a Family Quarrel Cause of Sad Tragedy

A sequel to the sad tragedy which occurred Sunday last at Pike, when Mrs. F.
L. IKELER, wife of the proprietor of the Eagle hotel committed suicide by
laudanum, was the suicide of her husband, F. L. IKELER, yesterday morning.
Mr. IKELER killed himself because he declared he loved his wife, and could
not live without her. The details of the double tragedy which has aroused the
small hamlet of Pike to the highest pitch of Excitement are particularly sad,
and two lives were sacrificed evidently as the result of a family quarrel.

On Sunday morning last, as Mrs. ILELER did not come down to breakfast, her
husband went to her room to see what detained her, and found her in a sullen
mood, and not, inclined to answer his questions. He asked her if he had done
anything that displeased her, and she answered him by saying:

"One of us will have to leave."
Her husband could not prevail upon her to recall the declaration, and went
down stairs and got his bag of money and took it up to his wife's room and
left it on a dresser. He then told her:

"If one of us must go, I shall be the one, as I can go out into the world
better than you," whereupon he kissed her and continued: "You will never see
me again."

He walked out of the hotel and started on foot for Portage, where he took the
train for Hornellsville.

Soon after his departure Mrs. ILELER took laudanum and died a few hours
later, though she repented of her deed and desire to live.

Mr. IKELER was found at Hornellsville and brought back the next day,
declaring that he would soon follow his wife. On arriving at the hotel he
went to a drawer and took possession of his revolver, which he would not part
with to anyone, saying he had good use for it. He was prostrated with grief,
and said he could not live without his wife.

He was put to bed about 10 o'clock last night, but the revolver could not be
found in his clothes. Friends stayed up with him until 7 o'clock next
morning, when the watchers left him alone for a few minutes. He then took the
revolver from where he had hidden it in the bed, and sent a bullet through
his brain, dying a few minutes afterwards.

The double funeral will occur this afternoon. Mr. IKELER was a member of the
Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges of Pike. He was also one of the trustees of
the village.

James S. B. CALDWELL, youngest son of the late John S. CALDWELL and brother
of W. H. CALDWELL, Mrs. Emil KUICHLING and Lucy C. CALDWELL, of this city,
died suddenly in San Francisco Monday, July 28th. The remains have been
brought to Rochester for interment to-day.

Mrs. Louise PAPWORTH SIMPKINS died, Monday at her home in Denver, Col., aged
30 years. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. George VIALL, of Rochester, and Mrs.
James H. HAYHOE, of Syracuse, also three brothers, David, Charles and William
PAPWORTH, all of Syracuse.

Bryan McARDLE, aged 80 years, died at his residence, No. 92 Saratoga avenue,
last evening. Deceased leaves three sisters and one brother; Mrs. Mary SMITH,
Ogden, N. Y.; Mrs. Julia GRONNEY, Bergen, N. Y.; Mrs. B. T. CARROLL, this
city, and Philip J. McARDLE, this city.

Margaret SCHULTES died yesterday morning at the family home, No. 5 Whitney
street, aged 47 years. She is survived by her husband, Joseph SCHULTES; four
daughters, Margaret and Anna STROBEL and Mary and Julia SCHULTES, and one
son, Michael STROBEL.

Margaret, daughter of Mrs. Isabella DONNER, died yesterday morning at No. 259
Adams street, aged 2 years and 3 months.

Aug. 7, 1902


Unfortunate Man Was Lock Tender and Probably Fell Into the Water When
Stricken With Paralysis,
While His Wife Waited His Return - Was Highly Esteemed

A sad drowning accident occurred at Seneca Falls Tuesday evening when an
esteemed resident, Henry H. SAVAGE, lost his life. Mr. SAVAGE is tender at
lock No. 3, known as the Gibbs lock, Cayuga and Seneca canal. His trick ends
at 10 o'clock in the evening, and as usual Mrs. SAVAGE, his wife, had come to
the lock for the purpose of accompanying him home, and was sitting in the
little lock house waiting for him.

Mr. SAVAGE, with a boy from a passing canal boat, crossed the lock for a pail
of water, and they recrossed the lock together in safety. Mr. SAVAGE
pleasantly saying "Good-night" to the boy as they separated. This was shortly
before 10 o'clock, and was the last seen of Mr. SAVAGE alive. On his not
returning to go home with his wife, she became alarmed and a search was
instituted. Mr. SAVAGE having had a stroke of paralysis about four years
since, and once since having fallen into the canal while suffering from its
effects, it was feared that another attack of the disease had caused him to
again fall in the canal.

This theory proved correct, for when the water after some necessary delay had
been drawn from the Gleason level, next below his lock, his lifeless body was
found about 12 o'clock, and was taken to the State street morgue, where
Coroner Crosby, after a careful inquiry, decided it to be a case of
accidental drowning. In falling the head of the unfortunate man had evidently
struck against the stone wall of the canal, for there was a lateral abrasion
several inches in length upon his forehead.

Mr. SAVAGE was a carpenter by occupation, but failing health had induced him
to accept a position as lock tender several years ago. He was 65 years of
age, a peaceable, exemplary citizen. He leaves a widow, daughters, Mrs.
Minnie HABER, of Schenectady, Mrs. Viola BURDIN, of Buffalo, and sons, John
of Connersville, Ind., Charles of Washington, D. C., and Herbert of that
village. Also brothers, David L. SAVAGE, of Rochester, of Jackson, Mich., and
Stephen H., of that village.

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