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Penneton murder 1883


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 11/23/2003 at 02:45:00

The murder of a bachelor by his twin brother.
The principals to this sad tragedy are John and Michael PENNETON, who have resided on their farm in Highland twp. 9 miles west of Elkader, for over twenty years. They jointly owned the farm, were over 70 years of age, have neither ever been married and have lived alone doing their own housework since the death of their aged mother some years ago. The final cause of the unnatural murder was that John, or Jack as he is called, was anxious to get married, a step to which Mike made most strenuous objections. The dispute had a final and fatal ending on Friday, just after the brothers and their hired man had partaken of supper. Mike was washing the dishes, when a heated discussion took place. Jack finally suggested that enough had been said, and rising from his chair and pushed it against Mike, who seized a butcher knife and plunged it into the left side of his brother. Withdrawing the knife, Mike picked up an iron poker and struck him over the head and then ran up the stairs. Poor Jack died within a few minutes, from internal hemorrhage. On Saturday a warrant was issued and Michael PENNETON was placed under arrest and incarcerated in the county jail. Since the killing the murderer has scarcely ate or slept, and verily looks the picture of despair. The funeral of poor Jack PENNETON took place on Sunday at the Elkader Catholic cemetery.

From the Dubuque Herald - reprinted in the Postville Review (Allamakee Co.)
November 24,1883

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