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Westmeath Ireland
Tragedy On Lake Monona

There were occasional tragedies. The first year one of the girls in Slightham’s dining hall was scalded by boiling water.

On July 26, 1900, Jennie Rupp, Fannie Dunn, and Nellie Dunn were being rowed back to Madison by Alexius Baas at 11 p.m. when their rowboat was struck by one of the lake steamers, the Tonyawatha, and the four were thrown into t he water. Jennie Rupp drowned. “Lex,” the oarsman, saved both of the Dunn sisters.

He claimed he did not see any lights on the Tonyawatha; crew members insisted the lights had been on.

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Rev. Edward L. Buckner Dies After Being Shot Near His Home

Rev. Edward L. Buckner, of Zalma, died last Friday morning at the Cape hospital where he had been taken for an operation after being shot by an unknown person near his home Thanksgiving morning.
He was but a short distance from his home when the shots were fired at him with a shot gun.

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Distressing Suicide

A Woman Drowns Herself in a Well

Hearing rumors this morning that a woman had drowned herself in a well near Hamacher’s Hotel, we set out to investigate them, and ascertained the following the facts:

Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Johanna Janeck, a German woman some 85 years old, wife of Mr. Gustav Janeck, for more than a dozen years employed in Mr. Darwin Clark’s Cabinet and Furniture establishment, and for some time foreman of the shop, went to visit Mrs. Lang, who lives in the first ward, about a block south of Nolden’s Hall, near the edge of the flat north of the depot.

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In Memoriam
Melba Laurine SEVERSON22 JUL 1972
Mary Ann GAVIGAN22 JUL 1994
Romaine WILLIAMS23 JUL 1928
Ellen Jane RUPP25 JUL 1900
Rev Eugene Anthony GAVIGAN25 JUL 1959
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Melba Laurine SEVERSON

Birth: 17 MAY 1916
Death: 22 JUL 1972
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Mary Ann GAVIGAN

Birth: 05 APR 1903
Death: 22 JUL 1994
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Romaine WILLIAMS

Birth: 24 JAN 1879
Death: 23 JUL 1928
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Ellen Jane RUPP

Birth: 19 AUG 1880
Death: 25 JUL 1900
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Rev Eugene Anthony GAVIGAN

Birth: 03 MAY 1929
Death: 25 JUL 1959
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Bernard E PURCELL

Birth: 20 APR 1923
Death: 9 JUL 1999
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