After a few unsuccessful searches, I turned to the Clearfield County PA Genealogy group on Facebook. Back around Thanksgiving, I posted “Looking for info pls on a Ludwig Novakosky. He allegedly died before September 1917 in
Jail. Story is suicide.
Looking for proof ... or direction. TIA” Clearfield
One lady actually found an article dated 30 August 1917 titled “Gulich Township Citizen Makes Noose of His Belt and Is Found Dead by Attendant.” The article states Ludwig Kowokosky committed suicide while at the County Home. He was mentally defective and had been in and out of the Home. She also found his death certificate of the same date.
His name of the death certificate reads Ludwick Nowakowsky. He was a white male born in 1870. He was married, though his spouse was not listed. His parents’ names are not listed but his and their birthplaces are listed as
died, at the age of 47, on 30 August 1917. Romania
I can not find Ludwig on any Census records. Depending on when he immigrated though, this is not surprising. Aside from this single life experience, he remains a mystery at this time. His suicide leaves so many questions: why? What happened to his widow? When did he come over? How did he land in
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2014