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Papin, Ad. ca 1824-1889


Posted By: Ken Johnson (email)
Date: 4/6/2021 at 18:41:42

From the Thurs., 11 Apr. 1889 issue of “Elkader Weekly Register,” page 5, column 3:


Ad. Papin Take the Revolver Route to the Great Hereafter.

The Dubuque Herald of Sunday morning last contains the following item of local interest: “About half past five o’clock last evening, Mr. A. Papin, aged about 65 years, deliberately took his own life at this home in that part of East Dubuque known as the ‘flats.’ He went to the bureau drawer and took out a 38-caliber revolver. He then fixed a looking glass so that he could look into it when sitting down, and drawing up a chair, sat in front of the glass, and placing the muzzle of the revolver against his forehead, pulled the trigger, sent the bullet crashing through his brain, and expired instantly. The report of the pistol attracted the attention of the family in another room, and they ran to him only to find a bloody smeared corpse. Coroner Hoffman was notified and went over and prepared the remains for burial.

Mr. Papin had been a farmer in Dakota for several years, and not meeting with success owing to the failure of his crops, he returned last fall with his family to East Dubuque. He had been ill all winter, but was able to be about for the past week. He leaves a wife and five children, the latter all grown up except one daughter, aged 12 years. [note: initial quotation marks are never closed: this may be the end of the quotation from the Dubuque Herald]

Deceased formerly resided at Elkader having taught the German department of our public schools, and afterwards was editor and proprietor of the Nord Iowa Herold. After selling “Der Herold” to Mr. Reinecke who now publishes it, Mr. Papin opened a saloon on Main street, in the premises now occupied by Charles Hartman. He was a justice of the peace in this township for a number of years, and once or twice made an independent canvass for the office of county treasurer. He went from this place to Dakota.

Mr. Papin had many friends in Clayton county who will greatly regret to learn of his death.


Added by Judy Moyna:

Dubuque Telegraph Herald lists him as dying in East Dubuque, Illinois.

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