READ CHAPTER 1
CONTACT THE AUTHOR
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESS
CHICAGO HISTORY LINKS
BUY THIS BOOK
Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
On September 30, 1897, the Chicago Record reported:
Peoria, Ill., Sept. 30 ¾ G.W. Pratt, an employment agent, claims that Mrs. Luetgert is in Peoria or in the immediate vicinity of the city, and that he can produce her. He says she came into his office about the middle of last May and asked for employment. She was very reticent about herself and would only say that she came from the north. She was sent to a restaurant, where she worked for five weeks and the proprietor was forced to discharge her on account of her strange actions, her mind apparently being affected. She would not tell her name even to the restaurant man.
Mr. Pratt was asked what reason he had for thinking the woman was Mrs. Luetgert. He said:
"I did not thing [sic] so until the other day, when I read in the Chicago papers that a man in Nebraska had been asked for employment by a woman who answered the description of the woman. Then I took an interest in the case, got a lot of back numbers of the papers, and, after reading the testimony given as to Mrs. Luetgert, I made up my mind that she was the woman who called upon my in my office one day last May.
"I may be mistaken, but I am sure that the woman who came to me for work was Mrs. Luetgert. I have every reason to believe that if she is in the city I can find her in a very short time."
Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.