Gene Notes

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thriller Thursday - Frank Zimmeth's Untimely Death

Frank (L) & Charles Zimmeth
Every so often when researching, you might come across something inexplicable. Frank Zimmeth was my mother's uncle. He was born in East Tawas, Michigan July 10, 1874 and died around December 27th 1909 of "accidental freezing" according to his death certificate. The newspaper account is below, which doesn't really tally with the death certificate.

From Iosco County (Michigan) Herald, Friday, December 31, 1909, page 1 column 4:

"The remains of Frank Zimmith, son of Mr and Mrs August Zimmith, of Tawas Township, were found by the side of the railroad track near Maltby, (Michigan) Wednesday, where the young man had evidently dropped dead from heart failure.  He left home Monday for a camp near South Branch.  We have been unable to learn further particulars."

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. Wow. Those two explanations don't match up.

    Was he walking? If so, I could imagine that Michigan at the end of December could be brutally cold...

    Dee at Shakin' the Family Tree

  2. Yes, he was probably walking.