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Peter Burger
Male 1865 - 1893


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  • Birth  1865  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Factory Hand 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation  1893  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    barber 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-137667 
    Died  2 Mar 1893  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: suicide 
    Person ID  I137667  Generations
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2017 

    Father  Peter Burger,   b. 1827, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Maria,   b. 1845, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F34257  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • A SAD SUICIDE

      A former Berlin Citizen said to have ended his own life last night in Detroit


      Peter Burger, caretaker of the Berlin High School, received a sad telegram, this morning from Detroit, briefly saying that his son Peter, a barber in that city, had committed suicide last night and asking him to go over. Mr. Burger, as is well known, cannot read or speak much English and so was at a loss as to what the strange message could mean. Taking it over to a neighbor's house the sad intelligence of his son having ended his life by his own hand broke in upon him and his grief was intense and the scrap of information received afforded little or no satisfaction. The young man in question is about twenty-seven years of age, and left Berlin some eight years ago to the learn the barbering with a step-brother in Detroit. He was married and leaves a small family and wife behind. He has for some time been running a shop of his own and was thought to be doing well. It is three years since he visited home or been seen by the members of the family in Berlin. About a month ago, a brother wrote to the unfortunate young man but received no reply hence no reason can be assigned for the rash act. The message is supposed to be from the dead man's wife, who in her trouble and sorrow failed to attach her signature to the despatch. Anthony Burger, a brother and August Bervig a step-brother of the man, left this afternoon on the three o clock train for Detroit to investigate the matter and make arrangements for the burial. It is not yet known whether the body will be brought here for interment or not. The grief-stricken father could not go over, owing to his various duties that demand his attention. His friends will no doubt extend to him every sympathy in this trying moment and not let the fact of the son having found a suicide's grave, check the flow of comfort to the bereaved family.1a

      1a
      Daily Telegraph newspaper, 3 Mar 1893

  • Sources 
    1. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 18.

    2. [S20] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Telegraph (title varies: Berlin Telegraph, Berlin Daily Telegraph) (1853-1922), 3 Mar 1893 - Obituary of Peter Burger.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1865 - , Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Factory Hand - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - barber - 1893 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: suicide - 2 Mar 1893 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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