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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS
MONDAY, JUT.Y 3, 1911.
Fleming E. Zoeckler Suicides
After Attempting: to Kill
MARRIED LESS THAN YEAR
. Bat CSoad of TTnh&pptneea Had Been
' Hottulug for Some Time
Driven to desperation by domestic
difficulties and drink, Fleming Ely
Zoeckler, 24 years old, attempted to
take the life of his wife and falling
In that, turned the muzzle of a 22
callbre bulldog revolver against his
right temple, fired and within a short
time gasped his last breath. Satur
day evening, shortly before 1 o'clock
Zoeckler returned to his home at
1112 Third avenue from work and
left within a few minutes to go to a
grocery store to purchase a few sup
plies. He had been drinking, said
his wife, and acted strangely. The
couple sat down to supper with two
children In the family and during the
coarse of the meal the trouble which
later resulted so tragically began
when the wife refused to answer a
Just nine months ago the man and
woman were united in marriage. The
first few months of their life to
gether was tranquil but later do
mestic disagreements entered with
result that Zoeckler left home and
lived In Omaha for several months.
Two weeks ago he returned and at
the time told his wife that the only
thing that would part them again
would be death and that any difficul
ties would result in the end of it
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Saturday evening he asked hla
wife what made her seem cross and
downcast and when she refused to
answer she claims he struck her on
the face. She left the house and
went into the back yard. After a
while she returned to the porch and
he appeared, brandishing an open
razor and a revolver. She ran
through the house and rear the front
door stooped to pick up Ler little
child by a former husMnd. As she
did so. Zoeckler fired. The shot went
high and lodged in the door Jamb.
She escaped into the open and
Zoeckler returned to the bedroom.
fired the shot and fell across the bed. j
Neighbors summoned the police I
and when Patrolman FYankhouser
Stock er but upon return to the scene
of the tragedy, found the man was
dead. He was removed to the Knox
undertaking rooms and yesterday
morning at 10 o'clock an Inquest was
conducted by Coroner J. F. Rose.
Evidence was Insufficient to warrant
the return of a verdict at that time
evening at 7:30.
CIK.CXTM3TA.KCES OP TRAGEDY.
There Is scarcely a question as to
how the man's life was brought to
an end, but his reason tor commit
ting the rash deed Is not apparent
The revolver which he used was of
the smallest caliber. He took it
from a drawer wherein it had oeen
locked by his wife. No powder mark
was left on his head and the gun was
two feet from the body when the of
ficer arrived. The room was in a
much disheveled state.
Mrs. Zoeckler told the coroner of
the domestic troubles and of her hus
band's condition when he had used
strong drink. She claimed that upon
other occasions he had choked her
and tried to take her life. She her
self has been divorced from two for
mer husbands, and relatives of the
dead man claim that it was her ac
tion which drove Zoeckler to his
death. Mrs. Zoeckler, though in a
delicate condition at the present
time, was able to appear before the
coroner's jury yesterday morning.
BORJV ROCK ISLAND.
Zoeckler was born in Rock Island
Aug. 6. 1886. and had lived here
practically all of his life. He wss
a molder by trade. When he re
turned from the west a few weeks
go he secured employment with the
Tri-City Railway company. He leaves j
beside his widow, his mother, Mrs.
Matilda Zoeckler, two sisters, Char
lotte Zoeckler, New York, and Mrs,
Irene Houseman, Cheyenne, Wyo.;
and five brothers, Will in South Da
kota, Ben in Sears, George in Dav
enport, and Louis and Tom of Rck
The funeral over the body was htld
at 10 o'clock this morning in the Knox
undertaking rooms and 'services wer?
conducted by Dr. H. W. Reed, pastor
of the first Baptist church. Burial zas
in Chippiannock cemetery.
Eloquent Sermon Delivered at
First M. E. Church by Dr.
J. M. Walden.
TALKS AT BOTH SERVICES
Inspiring Sentiment That Moves Men
in Pesos ss Well as in
Buy a home of Reidy Bros.
Kerler Rug company, cleaners.
Tri-City Towel Supply company.
For express, call Spencer & Trefz.
Phone West 3, Packing House mar
ket, for your meat.
Sunday papers for sale at Olson's
Grocery. 1303 Thirtieth street.
Let William Johnson do your tin and
furnace work; 1316 Third avenue.
H. T. Siemon wants your tin and
furnace work; 152G-152S Fourth ave-
appeared the man was gasping for j Loans on real estate security, ai
breath. The officer returned to the j bert Huber, People's National bank
station for County Physician Alfred I building.
"Patriotism- was the theme of the
sermon delivered last evening at the
First Methodist church by Bishop John
M. Walden of Cincinnati, who occupied
the pulpit of that church at both ser
vices of the day. Jt was an address
full of reminiscences of the venerable
orator and had to do with the history
of the people of the country as well
as of his early work and life.
It was In Kansas before that state
was admitted Into the union that he
edited a paper and laid the foundation
for his career.
I5SPIRED BT SEJnTMKJrr.
The bishop In the course of his re
marks said that patriotism was in
spired by sentiment and that sentiment
becomes the guiding principle in life
The bishop Illustrated this fact by the
relating of a visit to Mexico year
ago. He observed there that In every
home and hut as well as in public
buildings and schools, the flag was as
much a part of the building as aay
other thing. No home was complete
there without the flag holder and !'s
flag. The yearly training of the child
is so interwoven with the history cl
the flag and the country that patriotism
cannot help but be inspired.
I7i PEACE AS J7t WAR.
Patriotism may be manifested in
times of "peace as well as in times of
war. In order to instill more firmly
such a sentiment into the children.
the bishop advocated a change In ths
methods of teaching history in the
public schools, instead of teaching the
history from the beginning of time and
leading up to the history of this coun
try, he advocated the idea of teaching
the history of this country from the
time that the child first enters the
school. His own country first and then
patriotism for his own country.
The address in the morning was de
livered before a large congregation,
"Sources of Spiritual Knowledge" was
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First Baptist. Prayer services will
be held Wednesday evening at 7:30.
Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock the Wo
man's Missionary society will meet
with Mrs. Cora Casey, 105 Thirteenth
street "Cuba Under the Spanish Rule"
will be the theme.
ZIon Swedish Lutheran. Tonight
the trustees will meet in the church at
Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 the
Endowment society of Augustana col
lege will meet with Mrs. Holmgrain,
611 Forty-fourth street
The choir will meet Thursday even
ing for rehearsal.
Friday afternoon at 2:30 the Ladies'
Aid society of South Moline will meet
with Mrs. Selt, 2406 Fourth street,
United Presbyterian. Prayer serv
ices will be held Wednesday evening
The Ladies' AM society will meet
Friday afternoon in the church.
Spencer Memorial. Bible study class
will meet tomorrow evening at 7:45.
Prayer services will be held Wednes
day evening at 7:45 and will be follow
ed by a meeting of the Sunday school
The Ladies' Aid society will meet
Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Clifford j
Johnson, Forty-fifth street and Eighth
Thursday evening the losers in the
Young Men's bible class contest will
banquet the winners.
Choir rehearsal will be held Friday
Tonight the congregation will join
in the reception for Bishop John M.
Walden at the Robinson home.
First Swedish Lutheran. This even
ing there will be the Swedish school
of instruction at 7:45.
Tomorrow there will be a Fourth of
July picnic in Long View park, begin
ning at 10 o'clock. There will be din
ner at 4 o'clock, followed by a pro
gram. The Ilea's society will meet Thurs
day evening in the home of Alfred
Pealstrom, 617 First avenue. Rev. C.
J. Youngberg of Moline will address
Grace English Lutheran. The Augus
tana College Endowment Fund society
will meet Wednesday afternoon at
2:30 with Mrs. O. V. Holmgrain. 611
The board of deacons will meet Wed
nesday evening at S o'clock in the lec
ture room of the church.
The Ladies' Aid society will meet
Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the lecture
room of the church.
The board of trustees will meet Fri
First Methodist. Prayer services
will be held Wednesday evening at
The Covenant bible class will hold
its annual outing Thursday evening at
6:30 at the Watch Tower.
Broadway Presbyterian. Woman's
rrayer and study hour will be held
Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Preparatory services for communion
and Ird's supper next Sunday will
be held Wednesday evening at 7:30 and
will be followed by a meeting of the
COLORED WOMEN IN
A SLASHING SCRAPE
IVarl Williams Goes to Jail in De
fault of Bail for Carving Mrs.
Pearl Williams was today bonrd
over to the grand jury in the sum "!
$2,000, charged with assault with in
tent to commit murder, and not beiug
able to give bail was committed to
the county jail until the fall term cf
Saturday night trouble broke out be
tween the Williams woman and a Mrs
Frances Penick in the alley back of the
old Blue Goose saloon on First avenue.
where the women had been drink) ug
and Incidentally quarreling over a ma.
When they started in to settle their
differences, the Williams woman got
hold of the society knife and was pro
ceeding to use it In a vicious manner;
when Constable August Schmid of'
South Rock Island appeared on ta
scene with Intent to arrest. The wom
an ."still exhibited a very pugnacious,
attitude and was threatening to Hour,
the officer with a brick when Otflcen
Kinsley came up and summoned the(
patrol. Officers Meenan and Kirsch re
sponded (rand took her to the police1
station. Mrs. Penick was also taken!
to the station and given medical at
tention. She received two gashes i
across the shoulders, but will soon re-i
cover from her wounds.
She claims to have been engaged In
private laundering since coming teiot
a short time ngo from Chicago. Shi
has been staying at 2108 Fifth avenue.
and says her husband Is employed lul
a coal mine at St- David, 111.
Young $ McCombs
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Will be open until 9:30 to
night, July 3.
Closed all day Thursday,
All fireworks must be closed
out as we do not intend to
handle fireworks another year.
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Ladies' $150 Oxfords
ladies' 100 Oxfords
Ladies' $3.50 Oxfords and Pumps $2078 Ladies' $3.00 Oxfords and Pumps$
Same Reductions in Misses9, Children's, Boys9 and Youth's
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