Herman H. Remert
Terrible Affair, Herman H. Remert Kills His Wife and Then Himself
About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Herman H. Remert, a man about 47 years old, shot his wife and then put a bullett through his own head, in a fit of insanity. The Remert's lived on the John Clapper farm, 8 miles west and 1 mile north of Great Bend, which they bought from R.H. Fox about a year ago, coming here from Carroll county, Missouri. No one saw the shooting. About 5:30 the children who were out playing by the barn, heard a gun shot, and then another shot in about half a minute, and running to the house found both father and mother weltering in their own blood. Both died in a few minutes, and neither one spoke.
Mrs. Remert was standing by the cook stove, with a knife in one hand. Remert had opened the door into the room where his wife was preparing the evening meal; her back was to him and she was about 5 feet away when he fired the first shot from a revolver. The ball struck her in the back of the head, and she did not know what hit her. Remert then raised the revolver to his head and put a bullet through his right temple, the ball coming out at the left and back part of the head.
The neighbors were notified by the children, and Wm. Gagelman, who lives one mile west and one mile south, came to town and notified the authorities. There is no indication that the terrible deed was premeditated. Remert has been complaining of an illness for some weeks, and at times has acted strangely. On Sunday however, no unusual condition was noticed in him. He, with his family had gone to church. Afterwards they went to his brother's, Chas. Remert to spend the afternoon. Just before the shots were fired Remert had gone into a room where his wife's mother is a helpless cripple and fixed her fire for her, then just after he went out of her room she heard the shots.
A short time ago, he and his wife made a short trip to Denver. No one but his brother knew he contemplated the trip. At Denver he learned that a sister whom he had not heard from for a number of years had gone insane. Also, while in Colorado, a physician whom he consulted told him his disease would drive him insane unless checked. It is evident from what the neighbors say of his actions after his return, that that is just what happened.
Five children, the oldest a boy between 15 and 16, are left orphans. The aged mother of Remert, the invalid mother of Mrs. Remert, two sisters and a brother are also thus suddenly bereaved.
Source: Barton County Democrat, Great Bend, KS, March 18,
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