Not in Alpena
Leon Czolgosz Was Not Born in Alpena.
LIVED HERE 2 OR 3 YEARS
His Brother Frank T[a]lked Fr[ee]ly to [a] Fr[i]end Th[i]s Morning
H[as] But L[i]t[t]l[e] Cl[ai]m on Alp[e]n[a] [as] [a] R[eside]nce.
The following detail[ed]
information concerning the life of Leon Czolgosz, was this morning
furnis[h]ed The News by a particular frien[d] of the assassin’s
brother, Frank ‘at [sic] Metz st[a]tion on the D. & M. On a
recent visit of a News re[p]orter to intervi[e]w Fr[a]nk, considerable
[i]nformation was secured[,] a great de[a]l o[f] wh[i]ch however
was of rather an indirect nature, due [t]o the [f]act that the man
was very reticent in his remarks, wishing to avoid all notoriety
The information which we are now a[b]le
to give our rea[d]ers is thus [f]ar the most [d]irect yet published,
and throws considera[b]le light upon the life of Leon Czolgosz.
Frank s[p]eaks as follows:
Leon is not 27 or 28 years of age
as has been re[p]eatedly stated in the papers. He was born [i]n
the city of Detroit either 23 or 24 years a[g]o—he [d]oes not remember
exactly which. Leon [h]as three younger brothers—Mike, John and
Jacob. The latter was wo[u]nded in the recent Span[i]sh Americ[a]n
war. John is now serving [i]n the Philippine[s], while Mike is at
home in Cleveland. He also has a married sister in Cleveland, by
the name o[f] Dinbpowski.
The last Frank saw o[f] [h]is brother
Leon was three years ago, in Cleveland. At that time Leon was working
in [a] wire [f]actory. He was tro[u]bled at that time with consum[p]tion,
an[d] he told him (Frank) that he was going away to some other climate.
That was t[h]e last [h]e has ever seen of him. Fran[k] s[a]y[s]
Leon is ignorant.
All that he knows regarding the doctrine
of anarchy is what he learned [f]rom lectures, and not from reading—he
was too ignorant to read. It is true that the family resided in
Alpena at one time, [b]ut only [f]or two or three years.
Frank was this morning shown a newspaper
cut of Leon, which he instantly recognized.
This s[t]ateme[n]t coming direct [f]rom
Leon’s brot[h]er, dispels the doubt which [h]as existed re[g]arding
the [b]irthplace o[f] the criminal. Frank is absolute and determined
in all his statements, an[d] still retains the bitter [f]eelings
toward his brother, which he expresssed [sic] in a form[e]r interview
with The New[s].