Eureka, WI Drowning, Aug 1908




Woman Leaves Home in Night and Goes to Bridge Across Fox River---Men Dragging River Secure Remains---She Had Been Melancholy and May Have Temporarily insane---Family Survives.

District Attorney W. J. Foulkes has been notified of the death of Mrs. Augusta Clink, wife of George Clink of the village Eureka, who is believed to have committed suicide by drowning Saturday, while temporarily insane. The conditions surrounding the death are peculiarly pathetic.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Clink had been ill nearly all winter and although they were able to be up and about, both were in poor health. Mrs. Clink is said to have frequently expressed the opinion that she would be better off if she were dead but it is not known that she had actually threatened suicide, although she was subject to melancholy spells.

The woman slept in the same room with her daughter and she had scarcely left the yard before she was missed. It was about ten minutes after twelve o'clock at night, that the daughter heard the outer door slam as Mrs. Clink left the house. The young lady aroused other members of the household and a search was made of the premises, but to no avail

Neighbors were then aroused and within a short time it was discovered that Mrs. Clink had started off down the road. She had stopped only to put on some underclothing under her night robe and she was tracked by the prints of her bare feet to the bridge across the Fox river. In the middle of the draw the tracks stopped and it was determined that Mrs. Clink had thrown herself into the stream, which is about six feet deep at the point.

Boats were secured and the dragging of the river was commenced, the body finally being found a few rods below the bridge. The men who found the body were Henry Steeps, Charles Ware, H. E. Barries and Merritt Hathaway. The place where Mrs. Clinks' body was found was not far from where the body of Mrs. A. Madison was recovered about ten years ago. Mrs. Madison was the wife of a merchant at Eureka and was believed to have committed suicide, also.

Mrs. Clink was forty-eight years of age and is survived by her husband, two daughters and a son. They are Miss Marle Clink, aged 20; Miss Catherine Clink, aged seventeen and Frank Clink, aged fourteen years. Fred J. Clink, of this city, employed as a motorman by the Winnebago Traction company, was a step-son of the dead woman.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 3 Aug 1908