Before I started searching I decided to reread a bit of the biography my maternal grandmother had written about the Fleckman family.
My knowledge of the ancestors starts only with my grandparents on my Mother's side, and that is more or less from surmises, calculations, and memories. As well as I can deduce, my great-grandmother on my grandmother's side had been married twice. Grandmother, Dora Fleckman Engle, was born in 1864 in Austria-Hungary probably in the same city as that of my grandfather, Samuel Hirsch Engel, born in 1861. Dora Fleckman must have had two brothers, Philip Sonefeld (changed to Sunfield) and a Fleckman brother. Daughter of Philip Sunfield was Blanche Sunfield Bernstein, who had two daughters, Helen and Amy. The Fleckman brother had grandchildren whom we met Herman, Isadore, and Jeanie when they visited. There are still Fleckmans in New Orleans who had come from Beaumont, Texas. I do not know if Grandpa Engel had any sisters or brothers.With this in mind, I decided that I'd better hop on GenealogyBank and take a peak at what I could find. I had hoped for maybe an obituary that would have some information about the Fleckman family and some of the contributions they may have made. What a surprise this headline about Adolph Fleckman….
I was shocked to learn that Adolph had lost his grasp on his life and had tried to hurt himself. His family was keeping sharp objects away from him and trying to maintain the family’s paint and wallpaper business while keeping him confined in the home. What a frightening experience for his family!
There were a number of additional articles in the newspapers of Beaumont, Texas including these.
Apparently this had occurred just a day before Adolph had tried to commit suicide. Part of me wonders if he “lost his mind” or had inhaled too many paint fumes. Impossible to know, but definitely interesting to ponder.
Unfortunately, Adolph’s story is not a happy ending.
This scan of the paper is not the greatest quality, but from what I was able to piece together from it the funeral was held at his home. I can only imagine how his widow and children dealt with this sad turn of events. Perhaps I will track down more news of this family with time. I had no clue that this search would reveal such a shocking story in my family history. And to think if I had not had that dream, I would never have known about this.