Posted 6 years ago
This is a tintype of my great grandfather. He disappeared on March 24, 1888, near Rensselaer, IN, at the age of 36 and left a wife and six young children, including my grandmother who was five years old at the time. Apparently, he was on his way to Chicago to meet with some folks from the railroad. His overturned buckboard was found, but there was never any trace of his body or his horses. Several theories have evolved over the years as to why he disappeared. Some say he had enemies because he refused to sell his land to the railroad. Others speculate that someone killed him for a patent he had on improvements to the railroad coupler. I guess we'll never know......