This article ran on page 2 of the Evansville Courier and Press, the same day as “Wife and Baby Left By Husband.” My poor 2nd great-grandaunt, Zella, had to go through the emotional roller coaster that the discovery of these clothes must have brought on while trying to stay strong for her daughter and cope with the mysteries her husband left behind.
On July 5, 1901—two days later—another article ran in the paper saying “The police have not yet recovered information regarding the whereabouts of Conrad Benner. Benner left his home…on Saturday night and has not been seen since.”
I do not have a neat and tidy ending for this story. I don’t know why Conrad left. I do know it seems to end happily for him and his family, though:
Whatever it was, they worked it out because there Conrad is with Zella (the census taker wrote her name as “Celoa”) and his baby girl Hazel in the 1910 US Census, nine years after his disappearance. You can see in the two columns on the far right that he is employed as a salesman in a grocery store. As far as I know, he did not disappear again.
1910 United States Federal Census, database: Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 13 Nov 2015); entry for Conrad Benner, b. 1867, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, IN; Roll: T624_383; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0117; FHL microfilm: 1374396.
“Benner Still Missing,” Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, IN, 5 Jul 1901, p. 3, col. 7, par. 3; accessed on genealogybank.com 12 Sep 2015.
“Clothing Found on Creek Bank,” Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, IN, 3 Jul 1901, p. 2, col. 4, par. 1; accessed on genealogybank.com 12 Sep 2015.