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I september 1939...

In September 1939...

 

...forsvandt August Samuel Hughes, Wallys grandonkel, sporløst. I dag fandt jeg den gamle efterlysning fra avisen:

"AUGUST S. HUGHES
MELDT SAVNET

Der er blevet Mandag anmodet om politiassistance til at finde August S. Hughes, 50 år gammel, som forsvandt fredag aften, af fru D. B. Maples, 4216 South Tonti Street, hans søster. Hughes er beskrevet som havende mørkt hår, som er begyndt at gråne, brune øjne, og er 1,75 meter høj og vejer omkring 75 kg.... Da han sidst blev set, var Hughes iklædt et flødefarvet Palm Beach jakkesæt, blå skjorte, slips og lommetørklæde og sorte sko."

Kort efter blev grandonkel August fundet druknet i Mississippifloden.
August havde forladt sin egen kone, for straks at indlade sig på et forhold med en anden mands kone. Samme uge som onkel August forsvandt havde elskerindens mand ringet med ildevarslende trusler, om hvad udfaldet ville blive, med mindre August lod hans kone i fred.
Politiet erklærede drukningen en ulykke. Familien var aldrig rigtig så sikker.

Jeg elsker genealogi.

...August Samuel Hughes, Wally's great uncle, disappeared without a trace. Today I found the old missing notice from the paper:

"AUGUST S. HUGHES
REPORTED MISSING

Police help in locating August S. Hughes, 50 years old, who disappeared Friday night, was asked Monday by Mrs. D. B. Maples, 4216 South Tonti Street, his sister. Hughes was described as having dark hair which is turning gray, brown eyes, is five feet nine inches tall, and weighs about 165 pounds.... When last seen Hughes was wearing a cream-colored Palm Beach suit, blue shirt, tie and handkerchief and black shoes."

Shortly after this, great uncle August was found drowned in the Mississippi River.
August, who had left his own wife, only to involved himself in an affair with somebody else's wife. The same week uncle August disappeared the husband of his love interest had called with ominous threats about what would happen unless August immediately stopped seeing his wife.
The police declared the drowning accidental. The family was never quite so sure.

I love genealogy.

 

 

New Orleans Times Picayune, 12 September 1939.

YESTERDAY

TOMORROW