Saturday, April 30, 2011

Herman 'Gone to the Hospital'

Con't from Herman's Demise and
stay tuned for the next few days!

The Logan Tri-Weekly Journal
31 March 1898
Gone to the Hospital 
     Herman Vogel, the would-be suicide 
who so frightfully maimed himself
on Monday, was taken to Salt Lake
City on Tuesday, where he will be 
placed in St. Mark's hospital for treatment. 
     Up to the time of his departure the wounded man had evinced no regret over his unseemly deed;
in fact he made another attempt to end his life on the evening of the day on which the tragedy occurred, by seizing a large knife and attempting to stab himself;  but he was promptly seized and disarmed by those who were watching him.  He is possessed of the most remarkable endurance.
     On Tuesday he wrote several letters and the writing exhibited not the slightest trace of nervousness or weakness.  Early in the morning of that day he arose and made 
preparations for obtaining the cup of coffee 
which he is accustomed to taking before going
out in the morning, and in many other ways 
gave evidence that the fearful wound inflicted
upon himself had not weakened him
      To the first suggestion of going to Salt Lake
 for treatment, he was decidedly averse; but 
upon the full situation being explained to him
by the attending physicians, he finally consented
to go.  Before leaving he adjusted all his difficulties, 
and empowered Mr. Kidgell to conduct his 
business during his absence. 
    Relatives of Mrs. Vogel now claim that her 
husband did not point the gun at her, although 
that was the explanation given at the time of 
the tragedy.  According to the latest and most
authentic version, Mrs. Vogel seeing her husband
leave the house, followed him and asked if the 
gun was loaded.  He replied by asking her 
if [why] she wanted to know, and then slammed
the door of the bottling house shut.  Mrs. Vogel 
started back toward the house, and when within
a few feet of it heard the report of the gun.
     The physicians are quite confident that if blood 
poisoning does not set in, Vogel will recover.  A good
deal of sympathy for the unfortunate man is 
expressed on the street.

The Logan Tri-Weekly Journal
31 March 1898
     According to the Salt Tribune, Herman Vogel
was operated upon yesterday morning by 
Dr. Bascom and Critchlow.  

Stay tuned: There's more!

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Demise of Herman 29 March 1898

 To Take ones own life is serious and very sad and I struggled with the idea of posting the whole story.  This happened one hundred and thirteen years ago (29 Mar 1898-9 Apr 1898) and I'm sure you will be captivated as much as I was in the reporting of this story.
 Points to Notice:

  • Description of wounds.
  • He wrote and signed a statement.
  • Fred Kidgell's reaction.
  • Details of Herman's whereabouts leading up to the event.
  • Next day's article retracts the report concerning Sarah Ann.
  • Reported the sum of money Sarah Ann will receive if he dies!  


Herman Vogel Attempts to Take his
 Life With a Shotgun.
Succeeds in Blowing Away his Lower,
and Portion of the Upper Jaw—With
These Terrible Injuries he Still
Survives – Made a Statement  Attributing
The Cause of his Deed to F. C.Kidgell. 
 One of the worst tragedies that ever occurred in Logan took place yesterday morning when Herman Vogel, the proprietor of the Logan City Brewery, attempted suicide by trying to blow his head off with a shotgun.  
About 11:30 yesterday morning people living near the brewery were startled by the report of a gun, and the men employed by Vogel in his Brewery, hastened across the street to the bottling house, which is within a few feet of the residence, and from whence the report seemed to come. 

A horrible sight met their
 gaze. Vogel was seated on the floor
 in a pool of blood, while his face
 presented an appearance that was
sickening to all who saw it.  The
whole lower jaw had been shot
 away, and blood, teeth and pieces
 of- beard –covered flesh were
spattered around the room and on the
victim’s clothing.  The gun had
 evidently been placed under his
chin, on the left side, and when
fired the load of shot had
 torn away the lower part of his face
and, coming out on the right  side
 of it, had lacerated the cheeks in a
fearful manner.
                Vogel was quite conscious of all
his surroundings, and when Dr.
 O. C. Ormsby who, with the Marshal,
had been hurriedly summoned,
arrived, Vogel with but little
assistance arose and walked into
 the house.  When asked by the Mar-
shal the reason for his act, he
motioned for a paper and pencil,
which, being furnished, he wrote
and signed the following state
                “I have done this of my own
Free will, and F. C. Kdgell, is the
Cause of it.    H. P. Vogel.”
                And then, with a look of defi-
ance, he threw the pencil down
and sat slooping over a basin while
the doctors, (O. S. Orm-by having
arrived in the meantime) prepared
to dress the wound.  When  offered
a drink of brandy by the physi-
cian, Vogel was unable to swallow
it, because of the blood clotted in
his throat.  If he lives it will
be a condition which would render
death a thousand times preferable
to life.
                Fred C. Kidgell is Vogel’s step
son, and is married and lives in
 the Seventh ward.  A representative
of The Journal talked with
Mr. Kidgell, who was quite as
 much astonished over the state-
ment made by Vogel  as was the
Marshal himself.  Mr. Kidgell is
well known in Logan,  having
worked for Mr. Vogel for years,
and they have always managed to
get along fairly well until Satur-
day evening, when they had a few
words over some money which Mr.
Kidgell claims was due him as
wages.  No bad language of any
kind was used, however, by either
of them, nor any threats made ex-
cept that Kidgell notified his em-
ployer that unless he received the
money which he claimed was due
him, he would bring suit to obtain
it.  Yesterday Mr. Kidgell thought
better of the matter, and notified
an attorney to whom he had
spoken in regard to the matter,
that he would endeavor to settle
the matter amicably without legal
                Vogel was somewhat intoxicated
when he and Kidgell quarreled
on Saturday evening and had been
drinking considerably ever since;
and the only supposition as to the
cause of the crime warranted by
the facts, is that while crazed from
the influence of drink, he deter-
mined to be revenged by killing
                 The first intimation of trouble
came to Mrs. Vogel yesterday
 morning, when her husband took
his shot-gun and went out of the
house with it, refusing to tell her
 what he was going to do with it.
She thought that he intended us-
ing it upon her son Mr. Kidgell,
and warned that gentleman to be-
ware.  He laughed the matter off,
however, and finally, when Vogel
went to town nothing more was
thought of the matter.  While
Vogel was in town he purchased
the ammunition with which he
tried to kill himself.  He seemed
quite cheerful while on the street,
and spent some time in Charlie
Warner’s carpenter shop on Second
Street, talking and laughing, and
nothing unusual was noticed in
his manner.
                When he left there he went
straight home and again securing
the gun, loaded both barrels and
started for the bottling shed.
His wife followed him and de-
manded to know what he was
going to do with the gun.  He
 turned, and leveling it on her,
ordered  her to go back into the
house, which she did as rapidly as
possible.  She had hardly closed
the door when she heard the
report of the gun.  Vogel having
stepped into the shed and
immediately fired it.
                The surgeons dressed the
wound and sewed it together as
much as possible, and in conversation
with a Journal reporter the doctors
stated that if Vogel survives the
shock which is bound to follow,
and blood poisoning does not set
 in, there is a strong probability of
his pulling through all right.
There is great danger of blood
 poisoning, however, and it would
be far better for the man to die
than to live in such a horrible
condition as he would be in.
                Vogel seemed to be possessed
 of iron endurance, as three-quarters
 of an hour after the shooting he
climbed unassisted on to the
improvised operating table to have
the wound dressed.  In his actions
he did not seem to evince any
regret over his deed, and if he gets
 an opportunity he may attempt  to
complete his job.  In this con-
nection it is a strange thing that
 he didn’t finish his work, while in
the bottling house, as he was in
possession of all his facilities and
the gun had another load in it.
Just why he didn’t use that load
in effecting his purpose of self
destruction, is hard to explain.
Vogel is upwards of 50 years of
age, and this may tell against his
recovery.  He is a member in full
standing of the A.O.U.W. lodge
No.14, and in the event of his
death his wife will receive the sum
of $2,000 from that organization.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Grandmother Ethel Hepworth Tomlinson; age abt 11 or 12.

Ethel Hepworth b 9 May 1887 Salt Lake City
Mother is Sadie (Sarah Ann) Kidgell
Father is James Edward Hepworth

More thoughts about my father's maternal family before the next posting on the demise Herman Vogel.
This is my Grandmother Ethel Hepworth Tomlinson who would have been eleven years old, soon to be twelve when her Step-Grandfather Herman Vogel died.  There was never a mention of this marriage of her grandmother Sarah Ann to Herman to any of her descendants.  
It was not until February 2003 when I met Lily Jane at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City did I find out.   Fred Cashmore Kidgell is Lily Jane's Grandfather; she was researching newspapers looking for information concerning her Grandparents (Fred and Lily Jane) when she came across the articles reporting the bazaar death of Herman.  Lily Jane is one generation closer, Sarah Ann is her Great Grandmother and she had no idea, either.
However, Cashmore cousins in England know the story!  I will explain; I have uploaded my family file in when my file was discovered by a distant cousin, Doreen. (Who lives in England.)   She contacted me concerning the Cashmore line and made mention by asking "Is it true about the death of Sarah Ann's husband Herman Vogel?"
She went on to say how this story is retold at almost every family gathering!  With this 'mention' that Doreen sent  to me in an e-mail there is no need to doubt that Doreen is a descendant. 

H. Vogel "Spirit of Christmas" Ad

The last Christmas Herman celebrated on earth; this ad was in the Logan Newspaper. 

23 Dec 1897
The Logan City Brewery
Here is the place where you
 secure the modern elixir of life, the
magic tonic which will make you
happy enough to enjoy your
 Christmas dinner thoroughly and
 will give zest to your holiday
 enjoyment. The brewery is owned
 and operated by Mr. Herman Vogel 
and his goods are strictly first class
 in every respect.  Vogel's Best is
proverbial in Logan, and to be
slangy, it is the hot stuff.  
It always strikes the spot and
strikes in just right to make you 
long for more.  It is a beverage
which never intoxicates ---unless
you drink too much and even then
it doesn't leave the hair-pulling 
rocks-in-the-head effects behind
 it which some of the 
other concoctions do
The establishment is located on First St. 
just west of the Central Mill. 
You can purchase it by the keg or bottle, but not
otherwise, except at the saloons, 
where it is a decidedly popular beverage.

I find this amazing and amusing!   Especially comparing his concoctions
 to other's concoctions!
And how about the slang; Hot Stuff!  Certainly gave me burst of laughter!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The last days of H. Vogel

The larger Ad appeared in the Utah Journal 2 Jun 1886 which is the clue of when Herman and Sarah Ann moved to Logan.  It seems Herman did some remolding as the smaller Ad reads: 
Utah Journal 11 April  1886
 "THE LOGAN CITY Brewery has reopened at the usual style.  We shall be pleased to see all our old and new customer.  H. VOGEL. "  
I have been trying my best to blog the life of Charles and Sarah Ann Kidgell chronologically but, I feel it is time to post the demise of Herman which takes place in 1898, exactly one hundred and thirteen years ago this month. (30 March to 4 April)  Then I will go back and fill in the gaps.
Sarah Ann chose to marry a man who is totally opposite from her beloved Charles.  Remember how Charles would tell Sarah Ann over and over 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and these things shall be added unto you."   I was reading about Emma Smith; about her choices after her beloved Joseph was martyred.  She also married again, ironically a German man who was totally opposite her beloved Joseph.   
     From the Kidgell and Cashmore Histories pg 72:  
"Sarah Ann Kidgell Vogel was re-baptized and confirmed on 8 March 1892 in the Logan 1st Ward by William Sanders."   She did recommit herself to her LDS faith.  Her favorite thing to do; Genealogy!
There will be several postings the rest of the week telling of the bazaar death of Herman. 

Sure enough - It is Sarah Ann Cashmore Kidgell

Sarah Ann Cashmore Kidgell
(guessing) 1877

Could this be a High School Graduation picture with 
Mom?  Does Fred look about nineteen years old?  
Maybe and maybe not!  I want to write about Fred
and the year 1890.  Since Fred was born in 
December  he probably was an older graduate of the 
school year. (1890)_  Fred lived in Salt Lake City, with his 
sister Sadie (Sarah Ann) and her husband James
Hepworth until after graduating from High School. 
His mother and step-father Herman had moved 
to Logan in about 1886, Herman being the proprietor
of the Logan City Brewery. 
Fred worked at different jobs during his teen years; 
[From Cashmore and Kidgell Histories] " he helped 
his brother-in-law, James Hepworth, in the Butcher
Shop and at the slaughter yard."  Also, "he spent 
some time working in a blacksmith shop."  In the 
Salt Lake City Directory lists: 
Kidgell, Fred C., driver, T. Hepworth & Sons, bds
[boarder], 757 W. 1st. N. 
[From Cashmore and Kidgell Histories] After High 
School Graduation "Fred wanted to go to school in 
Logan at the Agricultural College, but his mother 
wanted him to work for them in the Brewery and
they said if he wanted to go to school he would 
have to work there [at the Brewery] in the morning 
early and after school, until late at night.  He 
decided it would be a waste of money because he 
would not have time to study, so he just worked." 

     Ten Years ago Lily Jane sent me a copy of this picture with a question mark behind the name Sarah Ann Cashmore Kidgell?  My call was NO it can’t be Great - Great Grandmother Sarah Ann.  I filed it away with the idea at some point in time the mystery picture would be identified.  Below this picture is a picture of Sarah Ann and her son Fred.  Last week  I was looking at it and decided to compare it to the mystery woman picture.  Sure enough – this picture is a younger version of Sarah Ann with an adorable hat and looking so stern. Her eyes are the defining factor in 
comparing the two pictures.  Again, I am guessing the year to be the late 1870’s which would put her age about forty five years or forty eight depending on  what year of her birth; some records say 19 Dec 1829 or 19 Dec 1831.   I was going with year of birth as 1831 until I found a record in MY possession that Sarah Ann herself put DOB at 1829! How did I miss that! It just goes to show that a person needs to examine record information time and time again!  That would put her almost four years older than my beloved GGGrandfather Charles and fifteen years older than her husband Herman Vogel.  But, I digress!



I found this to be interesting in comparing her hands and the ring on her left ring finger which I think is the same ring.  The bottom picture she has added rings.
Oh my!  Where are the rings today?  What a treasure to have!