Brooklyn Eagle June 8, 1900 – Corona, L.I., June 8 – The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Frederick Herman, a retired New York confectioner, 81 years old, who resided with his daughter Mrs. John Huhn on Sycamore Avenue, this Village, was solved yesterday when his dead body was found lying on the grave of his wife in Lutheran Cemetery, Middle Village by George Frank of 312 Harmon Street, Brooklyn, who was passing through the burying place.
A bottle that had contained carbolic acid plainly told the tale of suicide and a letter in the dead man’s hand showed that grief over the death of his wife, which took place August 3, 1892 and despondency, caused him to take his life.
Since his wife’s death the old man made daily journeys to the cemetery, winter and summer and placed flowers upon her grave. Yesterday he carefully laid a small bunch of roses at the head of the grave before he swallowed the deadly poison.
Herman left the house of his daughter last Saturday evening and when he did not return Tuesday she became alarmed and an alarm was sent out by the Newtown police. No trace of the old man could be found until yesterday,
The letter he had clasped in his hand was addressed to Mrs. Muth of 228 West Twenty-third Street, Manhattan, and was written in German. It is s follows:
Dear Mrs. Muth – I have been very despondent. My health has been so bad and my sorrows so great that I have lost heart. I now end my wretchedness. Good-bye. (Signed) Frederick Herman
When the body was found the Newtown police took charge of the case until the arrival of Coroner Ruoff, who took it to his Grand Street Morgue where the old man was identified late last night by his daughter, Mrs. Huhn.