Thursday, April 12, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 12

April 12, 1909 – The body of Mrs. Max (Rose) Elkitz, the New Brighton, Minn., woman who disappeared from her home in December after a quarrel with her spouse, was found by her husband today floating in Round Lake.

At the time of the woman’s disappearance the police were notified but no trace of her could be found. In his desperation, her husband appealed to a fortune teller in the hopes that she could tell him where to look for his wife. The fortune teller told him that the only place to look for his wife was in the lake and for days after that the grief-stricken man chopped holes in the ice in the effort to find his wife.

As spring came on and the ice started to thaw he renewed his hunt for the body of his wife. Today he found her body and his long search was ended. Coroner Miller of Ramsey County was notified and had the body removed to the morgue.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Finds Wife’s Body; Ends Long Search. Max Elkitz Discovers It In Round Lake as Ice Thaws. Fortune Teller Told Him to Chop Through Ice over Lake.”; April 13, 1909; p. 6.

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