Not in Alpena
Leon Czolgosz Was Not Born in Alpena.
LIVED HERE 2 OR 3 YEARS
His Brother Frank Talked Freely to a Friend This Morning at Metz—
Has But Little Claim on Alpena as a Residence.
The following detailed
information concerning the life of Leon Czolgosz, was this morning
furnished The News by a particular friend of the assassin’s brother,
Frank ‘at [sic] Metz station on the D. & M. On a recent visit
of a News reporter to interview Frank, considerable information
was secured a [sic] great deal of which however was of rather an
indirect nature, due to the fact that the man was very reticent
in his remarks, wishing to avoid all notoriety possible.
The information which we are now able
to give our readers is thus far the most direct yet published, and
throws considerable light upon the life of Leon Czolgosz. Frank
speaks as follows:
Leon is not 27 or 28 years of age
as has been repeatedly stated in the papers. He was born in the
city of Detroit either 23 or 24 years ago—he does not remember exactly
which. Leon has three younger brothers—Mike, John and Jacob. The
latter was wounded in the recent Spanish American war. John is now
serving in the Philippines, while Mike is at home in Cleveland.
He also has a married sister in Cleveland, by the name of Dinbpowski.
The last Frank saw of his brother
Leon was three years ago, in Cleveland. At that time Leon was working
in a wire factory. He was troubled at that time with consumption,
and he told him (Frank) that he was going away to some other climate.
That was the last he has ever seen of him. Frank says Leon is ignorant.
All that he knows regarding the doctrine
of anarchy is what he learned from lectures, and not from reading—he
was too ignorant to read. It is true that the family resided in
Alpena at one time, but only for two or three years.
Frank was this morning shown a newspaper
cut of Leon, which he instantly recognized.
This statement coming direct from
Leon’s brother, dispels the doubt which has existed regarding the
birthplace of the criminal. Frank is absolute and determined in
all his statements, and still retains the bitter feelings toward
his brother, which he expresssed [sic] in a former interview with