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Subject: [NYMONROE] July 27, 1895 # 2
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2006 09:57:48 EST
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sat July 27, 1895
HE HAD AN IRON NERVE
Christian Dehmer Hanged Himself at the Alms House
He Tore Up A Sheet
This He Knotted About His Neck and Was Careful to Place
Only Enough Weight Upon it to Strangle Himself, Not to Break It
Last night about 6 o'clock, Christian DEHMER, an inmate of the almshouse
committed suicide by hanging himself with a portion of the bedclothes. The man
had been at the institution only two days, having been brought there Thursday
night by Superintendent Lodge.
DEHMER was 35 years of age, and came to this country from Prussia in
1882. He landed at New York, and first went to the town of Hudson, where he
remained for some time. He next went to Buffalo, where he remained for two
months. From Buffalo he went to Batavia, where he lived one month. He came to
Rochester five weeks ago, and went to live at No. 8 Marietta street.
While living in this city, DEHMER has been a part of the time without
work. The landlady states that he had been at first a quiet and orderly
tenant, and had at no time, until very recently, caused her any trouble. Early this
week, however, he had shown signs of extreme despondency and when, Thursday
morning, the man had cut his wrist with a knife in such a manner that it was
very evident that he was trying to get rid of himself, she determined to have
the case attended to. Superintendent LODGE was notified Thursday afternoon,
and went to Marietta street to see DEHMER. He was sitting up comfortably in
his room, and talked quietly and intelligently to the superintendent. He would
disclose no reason for inflicting the wound upon himself, and said that he
wished to be taken to some hospital. Having decided that the man was properly
a county charge, he was taken to the almshouse Thursday night.
It was evident, from the nature of the wound that DEHMER had inflicted
upon himself Thursday, that he had meditated suicide and accordingly every
reasonable precaution was taken to guard against a repetition of the attempt.
He was placed in a room with guarded windows, and nothing was left in the
apartment which it was thought would tempt him to repeat the attempt. The knives,
forks and dishes were removed as soon as DEHMER had finished his meals.
A short time after the man had eaten his supper last night, Warden
McNALL went to the room again, and discovered the man dead in one corner of the
room. He had torn a strip from one of the bed sheets, about an inch and a half
wide, climbed upon a chair, thrown one end of the string over a steam pipe
in one corner of the room, put a noose in the other end around his neck and
hanged himself. The peculiar part of the operation was that only a part of the
man's weight was borne by the string. He had evidently surmised that the
piece of cloth was not strong enough to bear his entire weight, and had kept the
chair under him. Consequently he must have died from slow strangulation.
The body was cut down, and Coroner KLEINDIENST summoned. He expressed
himself as entirely willing to grant a certificate, but sais that there was
some further evidence that he wished to secure. An inquest will probably be
In the man's pocket was found a well worn purse, and about $3 in money.
The purse also contained some papers, among them some letters written in
German. One was from Thaddeus WINTERS, of Hudson, N. Y. It was written in
German, and was on personal topics. On the fly leaf of the pocket book was the
Mrs. Sebastian SCHEW,
No. 5 Second avenue.
A receipt was likewise found, showing that DEHMER had been in search of
It read as follows:
Albany, N. Y.
Received of Christian DEHMER two dollars for situation. C. W.
When Superintendent LODGE called on the man at his room on Marietta
street, he noticed that DEHMER's finger nails were discolored. He asked the man
what caused this, and was told that he had been at work dyeing hides. He also
stated that he had no relatives in this country, and had left his wife in
BERNARD O'REILLY DEAD
A Well Known Business Man Passes Away -- The Death Record
Bernard O'REILLY, one of Rochester's well-known undertakers, died yesterday
in a hospital in Toronto. He had been ailing for some time and went to Canada
for his health. After starting to return home he was taken suddenly worse at
Toronto, where he was taken to a hospital, and died early yesterday
Mr. O'REILLY was born in county Wexford, Ireland, March 7th, 1824, and
came to Rochester in 1849. For five years he was engaged in the occupation of
a carpenter, having learned the trade in Ireland. He was in partnership with
the late William HUGHES in the furniture business on South St. Paul street
for three years, and later on State street. Almost 1857 Mr. O'REILLY bought
Mr. HUGHES's interest in the business and after that time gave his whole time
to the undertaking business. In 1894 he transferred his business to his sons,
Miles T. and Barnard J., and he returned to Ireland, visiting the scenes of
Deceased is survived by five children: Bernard, Jr., Miles T., Miss
Nellie O'REILLY and Mrs. George F. FLANNERY, of Rochester; and P. J. O'REILLY,
of Utica. His wife, who was Ellen MURPHY, daughter of Valentine MURPHY, of
County Wexford, Ireland, died last year.
--Henry POLKOW died Thursday at his late residence, No. 385 South Goodman
street, aged 66 years.
--Mrs. Caroline YOUNG, widow of the late John YOUNG, died Thursday, aged 79
years, at No. 63 Waverly place.
--Mary A. STROUP, widow of the late John STROUP, died yesterday at her late
residence, No. 462 Hudson avenue.
--Eva M. SCHEUER died Thursday, aged 76 years, at the residence of her son,
Adam SCHEUER, No. 112 Hamilton place.
--Barbara BURGARD died Thursday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.
George KRAFT, No. 34 Orchard street, aged 74 years.
--Margaret McDONALD died Thursday at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Anna
McDONALD, No. 230 Caledonia avenue, aged 17 years.
--Ellen FERGUSON died yesterday at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Mary
STOTMONT, No. 51 Ward street. Deceased was formerly a resident of Johnstown.
--John EBERT died Thursday, aged 37 years, at his late residence, No. 327
North street. He is survived by a wife, a mother, one sister, two brothers and a
--Stephen Douglas ARCHER died Thursday at his late residence in Hopewell,
aged 30 years. His death resulted from injuries received at Clifton Springs
Thursday. He was formerly a law student in this city.
--The funeral of Helen F. SICKELS, who died while riding a bicycle on East
avenue Thursday, will be attended at 1 P.M. to-day from the house, No. 32
Rundel park. The remains will be taken to Albion for interment.
--Mary A. STROUP, widow of the late John STROUP, died last evening at the
family residence, No. 462 Hudson avenue, aged 86 years. Mrs. STROUP came to this
city with her husband from Claremont, N. H., in 1832, and had resided here
continuously since that time. Deceased leaves one son, J. W. STROUP, and two
daughters, Mrs. Mary A. HALL and Jennie R. STROUP. A stepdaughter, Mrs.
William W. CORRIS, also survives.
YOUNG - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the family residence, 63
Waverly place, Caroline, widow of John YOUNG, aged 79 years.
-Funeral from the house this (Saturday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
VANALMKERK - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at his home, North Young
park, Edward VANALMKERK, aged 32 years.
-Funeral from the house this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Friends are invited.
McDONALD - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1885(sic), at her home, 230
Caledonia avenue, Margaret McDONALD, aged 17 years.
-Funeral will take place on Monday from the house at 8:30 A.M., and 9 A.M.
from the Immaculate Conception church.
SCHEUER - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the residence of her
son, Adam SCHEUER, No. 112 Hamilton place, Eva M. SCHEUER, aged 76 years.
-Funeral from the family residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends
STROUP - In this city, at her residence, 462 Hudson avenue, Mary A., widow
of the late John STROUP.
-Notice of funeral hereafter.
SICKLES - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, Helen F. SICKELS, formerly
-Funeral services at No. 32 Rundel Park at 1 o'clock this (Saturday)
afternoon. Burial at Albion.
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