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Boge, Gustave 1871-1920


Posted By: Linda Mohning (email)
Date: 10/30/2011 at 18:02:46

GUS BOGE ENDS LIFE. No Cause is Ascribed for His Rash Act.
Remsen Bell Enterprise: Gustave A. Boge [sometimes spelled Boege], a well-known Remsen man who had been living in Sioux City, where he had been employed as a carpenter foreman for the past year, ended his life Monday afternoon by hanging himself in his room in the Rutland hotel. The news of his untimely death reached his Remsen relatives an hour after the body was found, and caused surprise and regret among his many friends here, as well as profound sorrow in the Boge household.
Mr. Boge is said to have conversed in his usual cheerful mood with acquaintances in the lobby of the hotel at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and several Remsen young men, visiting with him on the evening before his death, also stated that he appeared happy and contented, and no cause can be assigned for his act.
His body was found shortly before 4 o’clock by a chambermaid, and indications were that he had been dead but a short time. He had stood on the floor and tied on end of the rope to the upper hinge of the door, then adjusted the noose and allowed himself to drop in a sitting posture, while his body was suspended about a foot from the floor.
Coroner Dickinson was called immediately and the body was taken to the Dickinson undertaking parlors and the relatives notified. The body was brought to Remsen, Tuesday evening, and was taken to the home of Mrs. Wiebke Boge, his mother, where funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Gilbert, of Aurelia. Sacred hymns were sung by a quartet composed of I.M. Ruck, F. A. Sievers, P. J. Homan and E.F. Kieffer.
Gustave Adolph Boge was 48 years old. He was born on a farm near Keystone, Benton county, Ia., November 26, 1871, and remained there with his parents until they moved to Remsen in 1892. He came to Remsen with them, and the family settled on a farm seven miles southeast of town, and Gustave, together with his brothers, assisted their father in the farm work continually until the family retired and moved into town in 1898.
Upon coming to town he began work as a mechanic and was for a considerable time employed by T.P. Scott in the implement business. For one year he conducted an implement house for Mr. Scott at Hawarden, Ia. Ten years ago he took up the carpenter trade and followed in continually ever since, going to Sioux City a year ago to assume a foremanship for the contracting firm of Scheldbach & Ginsbach. Mr. Boge showed extraordinary skill both as a machinist and a carpenter, and was considered one of the best workmen n any job in which he took part.
The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Wiebke Boge; two brothers and three sisters. They are: Jacob, Herman, of Remsen; Mrs. William Jurgensen, of Luverne, Minn.; Mrs. Anna Groth, of Sibley, Ia., and Mrs. J. J. Theissen, of Keystone, Ia. The brothers and sisters were all at the funeral Wednesday, as well as many other relatives and friends from a distance. – Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, June 29, 1920, page 1.


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