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Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
Valparaiso, Indiana

On October 16, 1897, the Chicago Daily News reported:

Valparaiso, Ind., Oct. 16 Word has just been received here that a bottle was found on the beach of Lake Michigan by Peter Pierson, a well-known farmer of this country, containing a note addressed to Judge Tuthill saying Mrs. Luetgert of Chicago drowned herself from the steamer Virginia in Lake Michigan. The bottle also contained the address of a Chicago woman.

The name of the visiting-card is Mrs. A.E. Raak, 132 Ontario Street.

Mrs. Raak was found at her residence during the afternoon. The message in the bottle is an alleged joke. Mrs. Raak explains that some two months ago she was one of a party on the whaleback. A young man in the crowd wrote the note Mrs. Raak says she didn't know what was in it and put it in a beer bottle. Mrs. Raak gave him her card to inclose and then the bottle was thrown overboard.

Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.