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Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
Grand Haven, Michigan
On September 29, 1897, the Chicago Tribune reported:
While Luetgert's attorneys were contemplating putting a witness on the stand to show Mrs. Luetgert probably is in Nebraska, Attorney Phalen received a letter yesterday saying she had been almost positively identified at Grand Haven, Mich., three days ago. The letter read:
Grand Haven, Mich., Sept. 26, 1897 ¾ Attorneys Vincent and Phalen Dear Sirs: Please inclose find a picture (a newspaper cut) of lady that was seen by my son Henry coming in Mr. Bane's store yesterday, where he works. The lady was dressed in black, wore a black sailor hat, with trimmings on. She acted strangely. She didn't have light hair, nor dark, but medium color. So he asked her: "Is there anything I can do for you?" So she turned her back to him and answered: "No, sir." A little while before he was reading about Mrs. Luetgert, and it struck him so when he seen the lady, that it looked just like the picture, so when she left the store he stepped out of the store and watched where she went. She went two blocks north and turned east. When he came home for supper he was telling me about this lady and brought me the picture home. I asked him why he didn't ask her name. So he said she frightened him by her looks.
As I was going to telephone you they asked me a dollar and I was short of money, so I let it go, but I told Sheriff Van Rye to keep watch, so please send a photograph so he can identify it better.
Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.