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Charles Neugebauer

1847 - 1909

Watertown Gazette, 07 16 1909


Last Friday morning the body of Charles Neugebauer was found in his room over his saloon at 408 Main Street and the supposition is that he shot himself between 9 and 10 o’clock the previous Wednesday night, as a neighbor heard a shot at about that time but did not pay much attention to it.


He had been at his place of business that evening but on Thursday not being seen about his place, Friday morning his neighbors thought something was wrong and Chief of Police H. C. Block was notified.  He visited Mr. Neugebauer’s room over his saloon and forced an entrance to this bedroom, where he found Mr. Neugebarer’s body undressed lying on the bed, a 32 caliber revolver clutched in the right hand and a bullet wound in his mouth.  Drs. Thos. F. Shinnick and C. R. Feld were called and stated death must have occurred instantaneously.


Within the past few years he lost his wife, son and daughter, and being hard up financially he became despondent.  He was unable to raise money to pay his saloon license July 1st and it is thought this, with the loss of his entire family, so preyed on his mind that he became insane and took his life. 


Deceased was born in Landskron, Bohemia, in 1847, and in 1868 located in this city and learned the shoemaking trade with the late Jacob Koerner, for whom he was employed many years.  Since 1882 he conducted a saloon here and to his credit it can be said that he conducted one of the most orderly and respectable places of its kind in the city.  He was a kind-hearted and pleasant gentleman and always tried to do right by everyone.  He was a high-spirited and rather proud old gentleman and would rather suffer than make his straightened circumstances [?] known to his friends.  His sad ending is universally regretted here. 


A letter was found in Mr. Neugebauer’s room in which he gave reasons why he was going to take his life.  He said he lost by death all that was dear to him in this life, that he was partially blind, had no bright future before him and was tired of life.  In the letter he bid good bye to the world and all his old friends in a most piteous manner. 


Saturday afternoon his funeral was held under the auspices of the Watertown Saloon Dealer’s Association and the interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Rev. A. G. Wagner conducting the services.